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Wednesday, March 27 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Up for Debate! Engaging Students Through Debate in Math & Science Classes

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Debate and classroom discussion have often been staples of the humanities classroom. However, as Elham Kazemi states “everything we know about student learning and classroom practice tells us that classroom conversations are crucial to mathematics learning.” Debate activities are known to increase student achievement and engagement, deepen conceptual understanding and build critical thinking skills and argumentation. Debate can raise the level of discourse in any classroom. Thus, students need to discuss and debate in science and math class, and this session will show you how to do it!

In our session, we will explore ways to incorporate debate into everyday lessons, from warm up exercises to classroom activities to summative assessments. We will start by learning some simple structures and routines for breaking away from a more direct classroom discussion to creating a classroom culture where students are empowered to discuss and debate topics each day. We will experience examples in action, from the perspective of a student, and then we will look at the reasoning and research behind these experiences. Lastly, we will build on these structures and ideas to develop classroom activities and projects that engage students of all levels in a high quality discourse, teaching them how to develop their arguments and critique each other. Let’s get our students debating in math and science!

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Chris Luzniak

Math Teacher/Dept Chair, The Archer School
Chris Luzniak is currently a math teacher and department chair at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. His 15+ years of teaching mathematics began in New York City public schools, where he also founded and coached the Speech and Debate team. Through this combination of teaching... Read More →

Wednesday March 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
HTE 208

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