Using the Harkness Method to Let Go of Control in your Classroom

LEVEL 5, China
May 11 - 12, 2019

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Matt Manfredi will lead a workshop designed to explore the use of student-centered, discussion-based education described as the Harkness method. It’s a collaborative approach to problem solving and learning. This method was created and is used daily at Phillips Exeter Academy located in Exeter, New Hampshire. Phillips Exeter has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten best prep schools in America. Workshop participants will learn strategies, protocols, tracking methods, successes and pitfalls of giving control to your students. The Harkness method focuses on having students initiate and build confidence in creativity, cooperation, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. This session will be suitable for teachers looking to develop a student-centered teaching approach while emphasising the 21st century skills essential for today’s learner and educator. Participants will leave well equipped with hands-on experience in participating, leading and disrupting the Harkness method. The workshop will provide time for reflection and sharing of experiences from the group. This workshop will require some reading preparation in advance of the weekend.

Facilitator Information

Matt Manfredi

Originally from New York, Matt joined Shen Wai International School, Shenzhen, this year as an IBDP Psychology and MYP Individuals & Societies teacher. Prior to coming to China, he taught DP History, TOK and MYP Individuals and Societies at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand. Matt had also worked as a teacher and school administrator in New York for ten years. Matt received his Harkness training directly from Phillips Exeter’s Humanities Institute in 2013 and has been a believer and practitioner ever since. In 2014, Matt was recognised for Exceptional Teaching by Stanford University. In 2015, Matt completed a course with Harvard’s Graduate School of Education titled Learning for Understanding which has continued to shape his practice. Matt holds certifications in social studies, physical education and school administration, as well as a Masters in Secondary Education. Matt continuously strives to adopt new and innovative practice into his teaching and learning in order to model best practice for teachers around the world. His passions include learning, teaching, coaching, ice hockey, baseball and various other outdoor pursuits.