Socratic Seminars Shine a Light on Creative Thinking

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 218 B

The NAGC Gifted Education Programming Standards illuminate bright students' need for learning strategies that promote creative-thinking. The Socratic Seminar offers math instructors an essential and flexible strategy to foster creative thinking, in addition to self-advocacy and self-efficacy among the mathematically gifted. This learning strategy is a student-centered, discussion-based dialogue guided by open-ended questions. Participants learn from an experienced high school math instructor and a high school gifted coordinator how to incorporate the Socratic Seminar into their own lessons to differentiate instruction in both high-ability and mixed-ability classrooms. Participants learn the rationale, common challenges, and best practices for facilitating creative thinking within the Socratic Seminar.

Jamille P. Hernandez

Upper School Math and Computer Science Department Chair
Pine Crest School

Jamille Hernandez serves as the Mathematics and Computer Science Department Chair at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she teaches Advanced Placement Calculus AB and BC. She is also an AP Calculus AB and BC instructor at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development Program, having served in this role for the past 8 years. As a secondary mathematics instructor for over 20 years, she teaches gifted students in both homogeneous and heterogeneous learning environments, where she applies instructional strategies that provide intellectual challenge while promoting the development of critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and the social skills necessary to work in cooperative learning environments. She looks forward to sharing her insights on how incorporating Socratic seminars in mathematics instruction enhances the learning experience for gifted students where they feel challenged and free to intellectually explore, while also learning from their peers.


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Ruth Doan

Equinox Program Coordinator
Summer Program, Center for Talent Development, School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University

Ms. Ruth Doan supports the development of gifted secondary students at Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. As coordinator of the Equinox Summer Program since fall 2013, she manages the recruitment, hiring, training and on-site support of 60 residential and academic staff to deliver accelerated, credit-bearing courses in a residential summer camp setting. An experienced high school teacher and summer program administrator, she is excited to shine a light on evidence-based practices in gifted education with NAGC17 attendees.


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