The Socratic Seminar isn't a new strategy by any means, but it is still a very valuable activity that can be used in any classroom. The Socratic Smackdown, from the Institute of Play puts a new, gamified spin on this traditional discussion method. This video will briefly demonstrate what a Socratic Smackdown looks like in a middle school classroom.
Thankfully, the Institute of Play has provided printable directions, game rules, and resources for both students and teachers to use during the discussion. Download the PDF directions and student documents HERE.