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Use minimath debates to allow students to take ownership, support, and critique mathematical ideas to convince peers why they agree or disagree with particular mathematical statements. Postscript items are designed as rich grab-and-go resources that any teacher can quickly incorporate into his or her classroom repertoire with little effort and maximum impact.

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Nicole Noteman,, teaches fourth grade at Cassingham Elementary School in Bexley, Ohio. She strives to create and implement activities that actively engage students in mathematical thinking and problem solving.

Stephen Lewis,, is a doctoral candidate in mathematics education at Ohio State University. His work focuses on the intersection of mathematical modeling and learning technology at the elementary and secondary level.

Edited by Theodore Chao,, an assistant professor of mathematics education at The Ohio State University in Columbus; and Imani Goffney,, an assistant professor at the University of Houston. Submit your quick game, puzzle, activity, or instructional strategy along with suggestions for how teachers of different grade bands (K–1, 2–3, 4–6) can use this idea. Send submissions of no more than 250 words to this department by accessing See detailed submission guidelines for all departments at

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