Socratic Wheel

Socratic Wheel


Assessing and Reflecting

Additional Purpose(s):



This process invites learners to self-evaluate a number of elements at one time and then uses the resulting shape to group learners.


  • Determine the elements on each of the spokes of the Socratic wheel (Socratic wheel template page below). 
  • Each spoke has a rating scale, which might be from 0 to 3, 0 to 5, etc.  
  • Allow learners some time to consider the elements and how they might rate themselves by placing a point on each spoke of the wheel (image below).  
  • Then have learners connect their dots and a shape will form. 
  • Learners can then find a group based on similar ratings/shapes.  


Socratic Wheel Template Page


Chevalier, J.M., & Buckles, D.J. (2013, March). Handbook for participatory action research, planning and evaluation. Retrieved from: