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Implementing and Facilitating Group Discussion in the Post-Pandemic Classroom: Introduction to the Harkness Discussion Method


After nearly three years of in-person learning disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is - now more than ever - essential that our students learn how to appropriately and rigorously engage in full group discussions in a meaningful way.

This workshop will focus on the Harkness Method - an active, discussion-based learning style that requires students to lead, manage, and regulate their own discussions. This session will provide educators with the tools and strategies required to effectively implement, assess, and facilitate Harkness discussions in their own classrooms and schools.

Specifically, participants will be able to:

  • perform a Harkness discussion to illustrate the method;
  • define and describe what Harkness is and how it is used;
  • discuss best practices with grading Harkness discussions;
  • demonstrate and practice tracking and observing discussions using technology tools (Equity Maps App); and
  • identify areas of curricular implementation in their classes.

Audience: All Grades 6-12 Teachers, Supervisors and Administrators
Presenter(s): Jonathan Lancaster
Delivery Format: In-person; Ramapo College of NJ, Mahwah, NJ (Trustees Pavilion)
Date/Times: October 27, 2022; 9am-1pm (EST)

Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check to TMI Education, LLC. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education – PLC Division at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email the TMI PLC at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website event page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)

Video-Recorded Virtual (Zoom) Sessions and Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Recorded Session:  As an added value, all virtually-delivered programs are video recorded and accessible to our workshop registrants and Professional Learning Consortium Members subsequent to the session. Therefore, each virtually-delivered workshop and webinar will now have Zoom’s Recording Disclaimer enabled by default. With this feature, attendees will receive a notification when a recording starts or if they join a session that is already being recorded. The participant can then consent to stay in the session and be recorded or choose to leave the session altogether.

Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Virtually-Delivered Session: Actively engaging in Zoom sessions is important. Participants may have concerns, however, of a Zoom session recording capturing their participation. Meeting hosts or instructors are taking steps to minimize this concern. In addition to the consent, participants can also use the following steps and features to take control of what is shared when a session is being recorded.

  • Change your participant name displayed in Zoom (e.g. only use your first name, replace your name)
  • Disable your video
  • Mute your audio
  • Do not communicate via the chat feature
  • Do not upload an identifiable profile photo

Please refer to Zoom’s Attendee Controls for more information on how to use these features.



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