How Harkness Discussions Enhance Student Learning

Posted by Stephanie Almozara on Oct 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

When I taught middle school, one of my colleagues periodically mentioned facilitating Harkness discussions in her senior class. I never thought to inquire more (my middle schoolers kept me busy!), but I was intrigued by the details she provided when she talked about it. After I returned to teaching high school seniors, I saw that the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools was offering a workshop on how to facilitate Harkness discussions and decided it was time to learn about this method of teaching. I signed up and, on a cold winter day, went to The Lawrenceville School to learn about the Harkness method.

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Topics: teaching, education, students, harkness

5 Tips to Overcome Stress in High School

Posted by Kate Riggin on May 15, 2018 11:55:32 AM

Let’s be honest, high school can be a stressful place. With tests, quizzes and homework every week, it can be difficult to manage your stress, along with the high academic workload. And most of us have extracurricular activities outside the normal school day ⸺ like clubs, sports or jobs ⸺ that it’s hard to balance our responsibilities without feeling some level of anxiety. As a senior, my stress level surrounding my college decision and the thought of “the next step” has been on high a number of times this year. Luckily, I’ve had a lot of support along the way.

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Topics: high school, students, student advice, wellness

Live Blog: Students plant ‘seeds’ during mission trip to the Dominican Republic

Posted by James McEvoy on Mar 22, 2017 12:00:00 AM

This Spring Break, a group of 11 Oak Knoll students and two faculty chaperones have traveled to the Dominican Republic to assist with the Mustard Seed Communities organization, which serves children and young adults aged 6-23 who live with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities.

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Topics: community service, students, dominican republic, mustard seed, mission