About Charles

Charles Ames Fischer has taught in public, charter and private schools in a variety of settings, from rural Maine to inner-city Atlanta to suburban Denver. For more than 25 years, he has worked with a wide range of students from kindergarten to AP English and has been nominated for a Teacher of the Year award four times. He was a middle school director and taught for 11 years at Sparhawk School. He also taught for 8 years at Aspen Academy and another 3 years as an elementary teacher. He has been a coach for the Great Books Foundation and a consultant for Great Minds. He has his Master’s degree in Teaching & Learning from the University of Southern Maine, and received his B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University.


Charles writes fiction and nonfiction, with forays into poetry. His first novel, Beyond Infinity, won a 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award bronze medal (YA fiction). His flagship book, The Power of the Socratic Classroom, has won four awards and is the ultimate guidebook for using Socratic Seminar to promote critical and creative thinking in any K-12 classroom. He has written articles for the International Listening Association, EBSCO, and the NAIS Independent Teacher magazine.

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