Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Should Shakespeare be Required Reading? Let's Debate! Day 2 - Section 3: The Debate!


Even after teaching in the classroom for over fifteen years, sometimes I am amazed at how much I still need to learn.  For example, I have had countless classroom debates over the years, and they have all pretty much devolved into some version of the Jerry Springer Show.  I have tried grading them, using different rubrics, but I have never felt IN CONTROL.  In fact, I avoided debates as much as possible, even though the kids often asked for them.

Now, some of my change of heart was motivated by pure luck.  I stumbled on the website at at time when I could actually read it over and think about it.  And - duh - I realized that I hadn't given the students any tools to really self-regulate during debates.  Debates were exhausting for me because I was constantly having to bring "order in the court."

Granted, I had to spend a solid 90 minutes or so training the kids (which meant that I had to prep myself well enough to keep everything straight and SIMPLE, which is the hardest thing to do.)  But, wow.  It really paid off. 


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Should Shakespeare be Required Reading? Let's Debate! Day 2

Unit 8: Twelfth Night, or What you Will
Lesson 5 of 14

Objective: SWBAT develop arguments using assertions, reasoning, and evidence in support of a point of view.

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