Last week, I shared an overview of Williamsburg’s Six Mentor Practices. This week, I want to share more about the Socratic Method.
A classical liberal arts education aims at internalizing skills and habits of mind that are intrinsically good. We develop this ability through disciplined study and practice and by discussing great works of literature. It encourages questions and questioning instead of answers and answering, making the Socratic Method one of our school’s most important practices.
It’s not that we don’t value “settled” knowledge or correct answers. Instead, we place a higher value on a student’s capacity to inquire and come to a conclusion on their own. If our mentors deliver solutions—even if they are true—too quickly and authoritatively, they may become answers that are not truly answers. They may not have developed from deeply felt and wonder-evoking questioning. This is where the magic of transformational learning occurs, the art of which only the Socratic Method can properly model!
Anya Yeager / Pete Jensen
Executive Director, Williamsburg Academy / Executive Director, LAU
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Is your student interested in joining the Student Body Leadership team? Whether they want to run for President, Vice President, or Secretary or they’re simply interested in participating, students can sign up and submit their application for the Student Body Leadership team through Friday, April 8. Students can find more info and sign up in Homeroom under the “Student Services” section by selecting “Elections and Leadership.”
Did you miss the special Tech Safety Summit presentation Thursday night? You can watch the recording here.
Today: Inspiration Hour at 1:00 PM MT
Today: First Friday Game Night with Student Body Leadership at 6:00 PM MT
April 16: Pool Party in Layton, Utah, from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM MT – Click here to learn more and sign up
April 18: Spring Recess – No Class, Offices Closed
May 24: Lagoon Day – Learn more and sign up here