Philosophy Bites:

Interactive Lessons for Distance Learning

It is certainly an uncertain time. With so much we don’t know, and circumstances changing almost by the minute, it can be difficult to know what to think and how to feel. But education and learning can be a constant. Something we look at to give us a routine, to exercise our minds, and stretch our thinking.

Each of these interactive lessons includes a variety of information for teachers to integrate in their own way: As a teacher, it can be difficult to adjust instruction to be done remotely, and keep the same rigor and expectations. Whether you are adapting your instruction to distance learning because of the current pandemic, or if you are tasked with creating an online course, this post is for you! Critical reasoning can be especially difficult to achieve from a distance, but it can be accomplished with the Interactive Socrates Edition of Philosophy Bites!

What are Philosophy Bites? 

Philosophy Bites are challenging, yet accessible, ways to introduce students to philosophical concepts. I have created these Philosophy Bites as a way to help students engage in critical thinking and to introduce them to close textual analysis. 

This Philosophy Bites set is a growing bundle with three products available now and two more that are forthcoming– very soon! You can purchase each individually, but you’ll save if you bundle. In fact, this product is discounted 20% off to help teachers (and students) affected by school closings. 

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Socrates as Midwife utilizes Plato’s Theaetetus and focuses on the question of whether knowledge is innate.  Socrates uses a metaphor to describe his role as a teacher. He compares his work to that of a midwife, someone who helps others birth (wisdom in Socrates’ case) what is inside them.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This is the question at the center of this interactive lesson. Focusing on the concept of existentialism, What is Color? draws from Plato’s Theaetetus
Using Plato’s Apology, Socrates as Gadfly focuses on the metaphor of the gadfly. When on trial for his life, Socrates compares himself to a gadfly, or a person who disrupts the status quo by challenging authority through questioning.
  • Short excerpts from Plato’s works (Apology and Theaetetus
  • Explanation/breakdown of excerpts with writing prompts and questions—integrated with Google Classroom and Google Docs.
  • Answer key provided
  • Google Slides information for students and teachers 
Coming Soon!
  • Three Parts of the Soul (by end of April)
  • Shades of Socrates Online Infographic (by mid-May)
I hope you find these bite-sized lessons on Socrates helpful as you navigate how to teach remotely while still maintaining the same level of critical thinking and engagement as before!

Be sure to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store to see more activities you can utilize for remote or distance learning!


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