Six Weeks to Socrates - A Six-week Intensive

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 4:00pm to Monday, April 19, 2021 - 5:30pm

When: Mondays, March 15 - April 19, 2021, 4-5:30 ET
Leader: Matthew Bianco 

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Socratic teaching is one of the hallmarks of classical education. The classical teacher teaches Socratically. We read books and attend workshops on Socratic teaching as part of our training to make that happen. What is Socratic teaching, though? How do you do it? How do you do it well? How do you assess it? Does it look different between a single teacher and a single student than it does between a teacher and a classroom of students?

In this six-week course, Matthew Bianco will introduce Socratic teaching as it was modeled for us by Plato through the character of Socrates. Not just a class on the theory and philosophy of Socratic teaching, this class will give a practical guide to teaching like Socrates. It will cover

  • The prerequisites
  • The stages 
  • How to begin a lesson
  • The tools of the dialogue
  • How to end a lesson
  • How to assess a lesson

This course is geared primarily toward teachers, parents, and anyone interested in Socratic dialogue, the dialectic, and group discussions. 


• Week 1:Prerequisites & Stages
• Week 2: Beginnings and Endings
• Week 3: The Tools
• Week 4: Finding the Tools in a Dialogue
• Week 5: Using the Tools in a Dialogue
• Week 6:Assessment

Books referred to in the course (Amazon link): 

This book is not required, but it does contain all of the dialogues that are referenced in the course, and it uses the same translations as are referenced in the course.

Plato: Complete Works edited by J.M. Cooper 

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