“Socratic” questioning 

Using Questions to assist in learning and understanding

It is said that Socratic questions originated from Socrates and his teachings. They’re known by many names including “Socratic”, “Reasoning”, “Guided”, or “Discovery” questions.

The idea is to help the person/people answer a question that will assist their understanding and the perspective of others instead of just their own. It is also far more powerful to have someone come up with the answer themselves, rather than be told it or explained to them. 

There are 2 key elements to a Socratic question which are:

Let’s look at these two versions of the same question and compare the two. 

First let’s look at the clue. Remember, the clue would be something to help them think along the right track. See examples below show the clues in italics:

Now let’s look at the “Softening”. Remember, it’s a way of almost asking for their opinion rather than the “right” answer. This lets them unconsciously relax and not feel so under pressure or threatened. Let’s look at the same sentences above with the “Softening” now in bold and the clues, as above, in italics:

If you have any questions or want to skype in with a few colleagues let me know. 

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