There's no debate about it! Debates are a great tool for engaging students and livening up classroom curriculum. Using debates in the classroom can help students grasp essential critical thinking and presentation skills. Among the skills classroom debates can foster are abstract thinking, citizenship and etiquette, clarity, organization, persuasion, public speaking, research, and teamwork and cooperation. And that's just the beginning!
Learn More About Using Debates in the Classroom
The following Education World articles and lessons provide a great starting point for using debates in the classroom:
It's Up for Debate
Debates are a staple of middle and high school social studies classes. But have you ever thought about using debates at the lower grades -- or in math class? Education World offers five debate strategies and extra lessons for students of all ages. The following five lessons can be found in this article:
Classroom Debate Resource Page
This special Education World resources highlights the best resources for debate rules; debate rubrics for student assessment; debate topics for classroom use; more debate lesson plans; and fun debate strategies.
More Debate Lessons
The Great American Think-Off
The Great American Think-Off is an annual essay contest and philosophy debate. The contest is open to all U.S. residents.