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Socratic Methods

A colleague just observed one of my discussion sessions, and walked away expressing some surprise at my technique – specifically: “It’s very… Socratic…”

The pause makes me somewhat unsure whether this was meant as a compliment, or more an expression of dismay… ;-P

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5 responses to “Socratic Methods

  1. L Magee March 26, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Why not take it as both?

  2. N Pepperell March 26, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Why should I take it as both?

  3. L Magee March 26, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    True – when it doubt go with the negative interpretation. Less room for disappointment. Certainly this is the advice we can take from the masters, who are surely not wrong in this…

  4. Edward Yates March 27, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    That sounds like either a back-handed compliment or a back-handed insult. I would take it as a compliment until proven otherwise. Sort of like innocent until proven guilty. Hope you are good.

  5. N Pepperell March 27, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Hey Ed – I was wondering where you might be :-) Good might not be the word I’d use this evening – it’s been a profoundly weird day… But I certainly feel good that it’s over… ;-P (But, in a more general sense, yes: give me about ten more hours a week to do my own stuff, and I’d actually be great – but I’m settling for good…)

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