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Why Debate in Math Class with Chris Luzniak

The Stenhouse Blog

We recently sat down with math teacher and new author, Chris Luzniak, to learn more about what’s inside his new book Up for Debate! Exploring Math Through Argument for grades 6–12. Find out how incorporating debate techniques into your middle and high school math instruction can get students engaged and excited about math.

Q: What inspired you to try using debate practice in math class?

A: When I started teaching, I coached a speech and debate team. I really loved seeing how engaged and excited students were about researching and debating deep conceptual ideas in their spare time. I wondered how I could combine that excitement and that richness with the subject I love teaching, mathematics. I wanted to bring the student voice out through reasoning and argumentation, so I found ways to practice debate in math class.

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