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Increase Engagement in Math Class by Incorporating Debate

Posted by admin on Sep 27, 2019 2:09:42 PM

Math teacher and author of the new book, Up for Debate! Chris Luzniak, wondered what would happen if he blended the energizing techniques from his debate classes with the lessons in his math classes to help his students become more engaged—he was not disappointed.

These math debates structures do not only emphasize the talk students produce through talking routines; they also emphasize the sense students make of other people’s ideas through listening routines. Listening skills, considering other perspectives, and changing your mind graciously all help students to be more than just better math students. These skills help them to be better friends, classmates, and citizens.

Watch as Chris uses debate structures in his Brooklyn, NY 12th grade pre-calculus class to engage students in argumentation and critique in this video called, Encouraging Debate, which is part of a collection of educational videos from PBS Learning Media™ called, Making the Case.

Click the image to watch the video.

debate video

Chris’s book, Up for Debate!, will be released this fall and is now available for preorder.

Topics: Math, #StenhouseMath

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