Socratic Seminars # 2



Topic: Machine Politics

Name: Donovan Pratt

Indicator
4
3
2
1
Conduct
Demonstrates respect for
learning process
Exhibits patience w/
differing opinions
Asks peers for
clarification
Attempts to involve
others
Moves forward into new
concepts
Not disruptive/ control
of nonverbal gestures
Shows composure but
sometimes shows slight
impatience
Not patient while
waiting to speak
Demonstrates respectful
attitude toward others
Comments frequently
but does not involve
others
Shows a desire to
contribute responsibly to
the seminar
Participates verbally/
shows impatience w/
seminar process
May make insightful
comments but does so
sparingly
May be argumentative
and generally lacks poise
May be unfocused
because of depth/ length
of seminar
Shows no respect for
process
Argumentative and rude
Takes advantage of/
causes distractions
Arrives unprepared
Wants the floor for
himself
Writes personal notes
instead of seminar notes
Attempts to sleep during
Seminar
Speaking
Speaks to all
Avoids talking too long
Can be heard by all
Avoids slang/incorrect
grammar
Articulates clearly
Pronounces words
accurately/extensive
vocabulary
Addresses majority of
comments to peers (not
leader)
Attempts to move
discussion to new idea
Does not try to say
everything” while
speaking
Tries to speak louder
when asked to do so
Makes comments to
merit reaction
Speaks directly to leader
Speaks too softly and
needs to be reminded
Routinely lapses into use
of slang or substandard
usage
Cannot pronounce key
words in text
Speaks only with
prompting and has no
sustainable point
Reluctant to speak when
called on or passes
Mumbles/mispronounces
words
Cannot be heard at all
Shows absolutely no
desire to contribute
verbally
Reasoning
Understands questions
Cites textual support
Relates to other
reading/studies
Expresses thoughts in
complete sentences
Provides insightful
comments
Resolves contradictory
ideas
Considers all sources
and input
Responds to questions
w/out any prompting
Demonstrates some
reflection on text but not
mastery
Makes limited
connections w/ideas of
others
Somewhat relates own
ideas to other
readings/seminars
Uses quotes/ paraphrases
but inferences under-
developed
Makes comments to
merit reaction
May have read text but
limited preparation
May overlook important
points, thus leading to
faulty logic
May be accurate on
minor points while
missing main concept
Contributes opinions that
have no textual support
Has some difficulty in
formulating
understanding comments
Makes illogical
comments
Says no more than, “I
agree.”
Ignores previous
comments and semina
direction
Uses humor to avoid
serious thinking
Listening
Listens for opportunities
to respond
Does not overlook
details
Takes notes/writes
questions
Avoids repetitive
remarks
Builds on discussion
Points out flawed
reasoning
Overcomes any
Distractions
Is generally attentive and
focused
Responds thoughtfully to
ideas/ questions raised
May be too absorbed in
own thoughts to hear
others’ comments
May write down some
thoughts but not
consistently
Responds only to ideas
that are personally
interesting
Asks for repetition of
questions or rephrasing
of questions
Takes very limited notes
Easily distracted or may
be source of distraction
Does not look up the text
as it is cited
Does not visibly respond
to cited text
Not attentative to others
Exhibits negative body
language
Makes comments
showing total
misrepresentation of
material
Does not listen well to
understand others’ points
Takes no notes
Reading
Passes a reading
comprehension test
Is familiar w/text
Has marked text or has a
note sheet
Understands major
concepts in the reading
Identifies and
contradictions in the
readings
Passes a reading
comprehension test
Has marked text or
prepared notes
Can locate most
references in text
Demonstrates knowledge
of facts, but lacks
mastery of concepts
Acknowledges difficulty
w/reading and asks for
clarification
Appears to have
skimmed selection/
knows minimum on quiz
has little or no marking
of text/ scanty notes
confused about key
concepts
makes comments that
reflect shallow
knowledge
clearly unprepared and
fails reading quiz
Unfamiliar with text
Has no notes or marking
or text
Asked for no help with
the reading



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