We went over rules (Coming to a post soon!) and set up our chairs in the circle so that everyone knew we were all equal contributors to the conversation.
Then of course came the conversation. We talked about things like how the horse felt. Had there ever been a time where you felt like that? How did you handle it? Did the friends make the right decision when they told her she couldn't dance? What would you have done? Would you have told the horse the truth? Is it ever OK to lie to someone if you are going to hurt their feelings?
The conversation needed A LOT of prompting from our facilitator. But our goal is to be able to hold meaningful and purposeful conversations where we are able to link back to the text and are comfortable enough to share our own thoughts and questions. Hopefully without a lot of prompting from me! All in all, I am so excited to use this more frequently in my room and only wish I knew about it at the beginning of the year!
Keep a look out for more Seminar posts coming soon (Rules, A Seminar Plan, Choosing texts, and more) so you can hold a seminar in your room (From grades K-12)!