Mathematics is Personal. Mathematics is Debatable.

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Debate and discussions have often been staples of humanities classrooms. However, as Elham Kazemi states “everything we know about student learning and classroom practice tells us that classroom conversations are crucial to mathematics learning.” Let's explore ways to incorporate short debates into everyday math lessons.


Everyday mathematics lessons can be opportunities in which students debate and share opinions.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). 2014. Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Reston, VA: NCTM.

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