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Videos of Harkness: History and French

History in the Harkness classroom

Students and their teacher discuss the history classroom experience in a short reflections video (4:39 minutes).

Watch a complete geometry class in the longer video below (50:16 minutes). 

Watch a history class

Eleventh graders at the end of studying Civil Rights consider Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Their instructor discusses tactics for bringing all students in to the complex conversation. Watch below:

French in the Harkness classroom

Students and their teacher discuss the French classroom experience in a short reflections video (3:20 minutes).

Watch a complete French class in the longer video below (45:30 minutes). 

Watch a French class

First-year French students and their teacher discuss how group conversation about reading assignments builds vocabulary and creates familiarity with correct pronunciation. The first segments of the class follow a structure familiar to the students: first, casual conversation, then, assessing grammar homework, and next, discussing a short novel. With this routine, speaking entirely in French is achievable even for this introductory course. Student collaboration comes to life when the class moves to the board to write and speak French in small groups. Watch below:

More to Explore

Videos of Harkness: Math and Science

Watch more videos from the Harkness classroom with a focus on math and science. 

Go to the page titled Videos of Harkness: Math and Science

Harkness Tracking Tools

Check out tools designed to help teachers everywhere enhance student-centered learning in the classroom.

Go to the page titled Harkness Tracking Tools

What Teachers Say

Learning from practitioners can help. Read these essays from faculty and students at Exeter. 

Go to the page titled What Teachers Say