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Harkness in action!

From KST:

I used a Harkness Discussion from Voice21 with a low ability year 9 intervention group. It was a major success! Starting the discussions, I gave them a few prompts to debate, ensuring I used some prompting questions with the Student Talk sheets to help all students phrase their answers. Every student managed to join in at some point, even sharing their own topics they wanted to debate. They were fully engaged and we debated around 6 topics within the hour. The photos show two separate discussions, with one showing more passion from everyone and a lengthier dialogue - I will let you imagine the discourse surrounding that one!

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K McVeagh
K McVeagh
Jan 17

I also used Harkness.

For anyone who knows Max H in Year 7, theory, and focusing for long periods are difficult for him. He makes a lot of sounds, fidgets and usually needs some time to step away and try to refocus In a lesson at least once. I used the Harkness format to help him focus in an offline lesson(no computers) on problem solving terminology and how they apply to real life problems. While the class discussed the terms, created examples and practiced remembering them, Max had the task of using a seating plan from Talaxy to record when anyone asked a question(Q) when anyone shouted out(S), who answered questions(A) and who chatted(C) not as part of the lesson.


Amazing stuff, thank you!

That top group discussed a lot! 🤣

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