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Upper School Teacher Studies Harkness Method at Philips Exeter

As part of a professional development grant and college tour, college counselor and history teacher Beth Driehaus studied at Exeter Humanities Academy, Philip’s Exeter, to learn the Harkness method, which is a pedagogical method of discussion. Driehaus said she became interested in receiving training in the Harkness Method, which encourages student-led discussion in the classroom, because she thinks the method will benefit her students by allowing them to achieve different perspectives. “The kids are asking questions and responding to each other about the questions they have posed,” said Driehaus. “Hopefully, this will create opportunities for agency in the intellectual process, and reiterate the value and content of the students’ thought processes.”During her 10-day trip, Driehaus also visited a number of colleges and universities, including Brandeis University, Wellesley College, Northeastern University, Boston University, Tufts University, Bentley University, and University of New Hampshire.