I haven't done much Socratic discussion so think of me as a novice. Can I learn this method and use it well?
The Teaching the Socratic Discussion DVD program was created for the beginner. If there is a fault with the program, it might be that there is some repetition in the introduction and introductory chapters of the binder, in order to teach the teacher who does not have much experience with this type of learning. Also, we at The Classical Historian are available for any tutoring help you may need in implementing the program. We are eager to help home school moms and classroom teachers. Any help you need will be given to you. However, please know that this program requires thinking and intellectual work on the part of the teacher. You will not be able to "push play" and have the child succeed. It is an interactive program and requires student-teacher interaction. To have it succeed, the teacher has to invest some time. My family uses a math curriculum where our children can push "play" and it works. However, with the Socratic discussion, it requires a caring teacher who asks good questions and gets the best out of their children or students.
Teaching with the Take a Stand! series helps me get to know my children and students better and it helps them how to think critically, form historical judgement, and express themselves in speech and in writing.