Opinions on middle school dating
Even if you have sufficiently sold your students on the value of debate, they most likely still haven’t ever watched or participated in one.
I like the Middle School Public Debate Program website because it shows students their age in action.
This is an important step because they need to see what their age group is capable of, and not become overwhelmed watching a professional debate.
The added benefit is that our team social studies teacher is going to love me!
I like because it “is a free online community where intelligent minds from around the world come to debate online and read the opinions of others.” They may be the digital natives, but occasionally I have to “go ahead” of them first and act as tour guide. If you are looking to strike a balance between fiction and informational text as I was, debate is a good place to start.
Students learn the power of persuasion, the value of their own voice, and the importance of a global perspective, all while addressing an issue you can easily pull from the literary text you choose.
I’m more of a project-based learning girl, so that is how I framed the debate as well.
By this, I mean they worked on it over time, multi-step, and ending with a “product” which was the quality of their debate performance.