Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Harkness discussion #1: Youth 0 to 6

Hey everybody!

So today we took part in something called a harkness discussion. It is when a group of people sit around a table and talk. BUT THERE'S MORE. We also prepare questions to ask the people around this table, and specifically discussions that involve everyone's thoughts. For example:

person 1: "what is your opinion on the new president?'

person 2: "NOT MY PRESIDENT"
person 3: " I personally think he is a great president that will make America great again"
blah blah blah.....

Sooo. We got the opportunity to take part in a harkness discussion about the book "the house of the scorpion" with another group of people. We also took the time to reflect on this conversation.

Here's how it went:

1. How did we support quieter people during the discussion?
We supported quieter people by agreeing with everyone’s ideas and added on to each other making for a very welcoming discussion. We tried to let everyone talk when they had something to say so that we could have a variety of perspectives. When louder people got off topic we made sure to lead them back to the discussion questions, so that the quieter people could speak too.

2. How did we support the more talkative people in the group?
Everyone was talking, some people talked a little more than others but no one dominated the discussion or was dominated.

3. What is the timestamp of our best moment of discussion, and why?
Because we were discussing possible endings, how the story might turn out. We all wanted to talk and had clever ideas of how the symbolism and overall storyline so far may affect the future.

4. What is our main goal for our next discussion?
Our main goal for the next Harkness discussion is to make sure that we are not talking over each other so that everyone’s opinions can be heard in the recording of it. This is important because everybody’s opinion is different and worth hearing.

we also mapped our contributions to the group to make sure everyone gets their ideas out.

here it is :)

We had lots of fun conversing with each other about this book. Amazing book by the way! looking forward to part 2.
This is not the last harkness discussion we will be posting. Be expecting lots more to come!

Thank you!

-Malcolm, Cherry, Sarah, and Hannah



    What an engaging post! You really made me want to read this post and listen to your conversation. Your conversation was also very engaging and you all sounded very engaged. Keep up the great work!

  2. 1 . On a scale of 1-5, rate how successful was this at being a discussion versus a question and answer period.
    I think it would be a 4 but at some points it kind of was like a discussion basically through the whole thing it was a discussion they did good at it. It wasn't a question and answer discussion.

    2. What advice do you have for this team's next discussion?
    At some points like 5:45 there was a quiet moment, so work on making sure everyone talks equally and to keep the discussion going.

    3. What is the timestamp of their deepest moment of inquiry? There best part was 4:20- 4:50 they had all most everyone talking and they were talking all at once but everyone ended up saying there opinion. It was there best time.