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Using circle time for more than charting the day of the week and talking about the weather, Summerwood students conduct daily Socratic discussions during Socratic Circle Time. Socratic discussion involves the discussion facilitator (aka the teacher) asking open-ended questions that provoke critical thinking, sound reasoning, close listening skills, and oral articulation. We believe that teaching our kids to think critically and orally debate ideas should start in kindergarten. Check out this info from Cambridge University about the importance of oracy skills.

"[O]ur research shows that when students learn how to use talk to reason together, they become better at reasoning on their own – and so improve their attainment in maths, science and other subjects."

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/why-teach-oracy