Up for Debate! Building Debate Routines in STEM Classrooms

Jan 16, 2020 9:30AM—2:30PM


Mirman School

Cost $300 members; ($450 non-members)

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Debate and classroom discussion have often been staples of the humanities classroom. However, research informs us that classroom conversations are crucial for student learning for all subjects. Debate activities are known to increase student achievement and understanding, and the Common Core Standards for Math and Next Generation Science Standards encourage students to make and defend their claims. Thus, students need to discuss and debate in science and math class. Let’s explore ways to make it a part of your classroom culture!

In this interactive day, you will experience ways to incorporate debate into everyday math and science lessons, from warm up routines to classroom activities to summative assessments. We will start by learning some simple structures and routines for creating a classroom culture where students are empowered to discuss and debate math and science. Then, we will build on these structures to create classroom activities--small and large--that engage students of all levels. Come ready to argue, scowl and show off your debating skills!

This workshop is aimed at upper elementary, middle, and high school math, science, and technology teachers.



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. He coaches teachers in both math and science to develop discussion activities for their classes. Through this combination of teaching and coaching, Chris developed and refined math debate routines that he uses daily in his own classroom and that were recently published by Stenhouse, Up for Debate! Exploring Math Through Argument.


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