The classroom I now inhabit is equipped with four fairly large mobile lab tables and a single, oval-shaped wooden conference table that was probably designed to seat about 14 adults, but manages to fit closer to 20 students when necessary. The table is usually referred to as “Harkness-style”, and I just want to take a moment here to link a blog post from a Chemistry teacher who toured Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where the “Harkness Method” of teaching was first developed. As Hans (the blogger I linked) notes, the Harkness Method was developed at Phillips Exeter Academy in the 1930s and has been used in the humanities ever since… but they did not use that method in the science classrooms until the 1990s.


About sterlace

I teach physics and related subjects in Richmond, Virginia.

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