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Socratic Circles

In Wellbeing we have started Socratic Circles. For the discussion students form two concentric circles. The inner-circle engages in a discussion while the outer circle observes the inner circle and gives them feedback. Roles are then switched after the first discussion.

The goal of this activity is to have participants work together to construct meaning and arrive at an answer, not for one student or one group to “win the argument.” For their first Socratic Circle students read Greta Thunberg’s climate speech and were asked to answers the following question: “What are you responsible for when taking care of the environment?”.

Below are some of the amazing responses from students. 

“In 20-years we don’t know what it’s going to be like, it could be terrible” – Ashley T

“One bit of trash can make a big impact on the whole world” – Damon M

“There’s a lot of things we could be doing but we’re not” – Abby K

“If we don’t do something about this we could end up like Venus” – Jonathon T

“If the human race went extinct today it would take hundreds of years for the earth to repair itself” – Teagan C

“Stop pretending nothing is happening” – Emily W

“Bigger names are not doing anything” – Lydia M