Setting Up a Structured Debate – Middle school students are still learning the art of conversation, so when we as educators decide to have our class debate, we need to offer some structure to make sure that the debate offers a positive learning experience. I’ve had several debates over the years, some much better than others. In recent years, I realized that there were some crucial components to making sure that a debate proved successful in my middle school classroom.
Let’s admit it. This past election year has been really tough for teachers. Although we want to talk about political issues, and we want to give our students the tools to sort through those issues, it’s very difficult to do so when the country is so fractured politically. I’ve never seen my students so demoralized or disheartened by the political process.