Socratic methods aren’t just for high school! In this session, you will learn how to utilize Socratic methods to facilitate rich discussions in your grammar school classroom. Teachers will learn how to implement Socratic-based teaching techniques to help students question texts, engage in classroom dialogue, and participate in lively debates that encourage deep thinking and enthusiastic participation in the grammar classroom. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to not only learn about but also participate in structured discussions pairing classical curriculum with instructional strategies like philosophical chairs, pyramid discussions, and the fishbowl. Additionally, Amy will share real examples from grammar students in second through fifth grades at The Academy engaging in dialogue using these strategies.
Amy Allen currently serves as the Director of Educational Development at The Academy of Classical Christian Studies. In this role, she is responsible for the development of new curricular projects and professional development for staff and faculty. Previously, she taught second and third grade as well as grammar Latin, also at The Academy. She has been involved with classical education for 13 years. In addition to her full-time work at The Academy, Amy is affiliated with the University of Oklahoma where she is an Adjunct Professor teaching courses on Elementary Education and a Ph.D. Candidate in the field of Curriculum and Instruction. She is also a published author and has presented at multiple education conferences nationally and internationally.