An illustration of a design.

CHAPTER 1Determine Purpose

At Curtis High School, Lori was about to lead her first workshop on Socratic   Seminars, a student‐centered approach to discussion. She was a newer teacher at the site, and this was her first time presenting to all the staff.

Before the session began, the school's principal, Dr. Deal, addressed staff in the dimly lit school library. “I know I normally lead professional development,” she said, “but Lori Cohen is going to lead our session today. She came to my office last week after the College Success Conference and was very enthusiastic about this new method called Socratic Seminars. So I decided to let her share ...

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