Middle Grades


Hands-On Socratic Seminars

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 3

Imagine a class in which students are rewarded not for producing the right answer, but instead for pondering the right question. Imagine the excitement of an open-ended, student-centered discussion with a gifted teacher-approved approach. Keeping the middle school learner in mind, a "hands-on" Socratic Seminar provides a more structured environment than a traditional seminar, allowing for more scaffolding and success for the younger learner. Get every student in on the action with techniques for a whole-class, student-led discussion for the divergent thinker in any content area. See actual student seminars, and get the tools to create this extraordinary experience in the classroom.

Joanna K. Feldman

Language Arts Instructor, Gifted Endorsement Instructor, Gifted Endorsement Instructor Coach
Gwinnett County

Joanna Feldman has worked for the past 21 years in the Gwinnett County Public school system outside of Atlanta, GA. She currently teaches 8th Grade Language Arts and previously worked with ninth through twelfth grades at the technical, college preparatory, honors and gifted levels, as well as Advanced Placement. She also serves on the Gwinnett County Gifted Endorsement faculty as a coach and an instructor, working with middle and high school candidates from a variety of content areas and facilitating teachers’ creation and implementation of gifted-oriented lessons. She has been a presenter at numerous summer institutes and in-services for the state and in the county, all focusing on instructional strategies to meet the various needs of the gifted learner.


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