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Educating with the Harkness Table, by Tyler C. Tingley

learning through conversation

Whether it's English or mathematics, at Exeter we call all our classes "Harkness" classes and our teachers "Harkness" teachers. Harkness identifies a table you will find at the center of every class both literally and figuratively. Harkness Tables are oval and seat a dozen students and a teacher, but they are much more than a place to sit. At the Harkness Table classmates learn by discussing their thoughts and ideas rather than just by taking notes. Teachers are participants in the discussion, guiding students in significant ways without lecturing.

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Tyler C. Tingley was the 13th Headmaster at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
entered before July 9, 2006; edited/updated November 26, 2015

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