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#StenhouseMath Twitter Chat Questions for Up for Debate! with Chris Luzniak

Posted by admin on Dec 6, 2019 1:40:28 PM

On Tuesday, 12/10 at 9:00 p.m. ET, we will close out the year with a #StenhouseMath Twitter Chat with author of the new book, Up for Debate!, Chris Luzniak. Here are the questions we will discuss. If you're looking for ways to get your students engaged and talking about the math you're teaching them, join in the conversation!

1. Using the debate structure “my claim is _______, and my warrant is ________” prepare an argument for the following statement: The best kind of pizza topping is __________.
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2. Using the debate structure, “My claim is _________, and my warrant is __________,” how would you answer the question, “What’s the best way to multiply 24 x 15 mentally?”

3. What are some ways to make math problems debatable? What do you notice about the example questions?


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4. Challenge: Chris claims any math topic can become a debate. Let’s try to stump him! Come up with a question you think isn’t debatable, and let’s see if he can make it debatable.

5. While debating math, Chris suggests that students stand while the teacher takes a seat. What message does this send to students?

6. How can debate techniques be used to encourage students who are less likely to talk in class?

7. How can learning these debate techniques be beneficial to students across contexts and beyond the classroom?

8. Has anyone started these debate techniques in their classroom? How has it been working?

Follow #StenhouseMath at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, 12/10 and join the chat! And to learn more about Chris's book, Up for Debate!, go to

Topics: #StenhouseMath