5th Grade Debate Club
'For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument and debate.'
-Margaret Heffernan, Entrepreneur, CEO, and Author
For the past several weeks, the 5th Grade Debate Club has been building arguments around hot button topics such as fast food in school cafeterias, technology in classrooms, and year-round school. Teams work together to develop the introductions, reasons with evidence, rebuttals and conclusions of their arguments, then face off following formal debate guidelines. Through this work, students learn the value of substantiating claims by researching, then respectfully debating their positions. This type of learning extends well beyond the classroom!