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Friday, March 17, 2017

#sol17 Day 17 A Debate

"A debate is when two people 
Who want to be President 
Boast about how great they are 
And insult the other person," 
He volunteered confidently 
Using two of our recent "Words of the Day
In a meaningful context 
And smiling broadly. 

"Well, interestingly enough, debates are more than just something people do when they want to become President!" I offered attempting to broaden their thinking about debates! "Debates can happen whenever you have differing opinions.  We could debate the best ice cream flavor or the best breed of dog!"  

"It probably wouldn't be as interesting as debating about who would be the best President," another student offered!

"Let's look again at this title,  The Cat or Dog Debate, and focus on the debate in this short story," I countered knowing that I did not want to get into politics with third graders in the waning days before their state tests.  "Let's focus on the debate in this story!"

Meanwhile, inside my head, I am thinking we will need to broaden our thinking on what it means to debate a topic of one's passion - AFTER the ELA test is history.

PS Happy St Patrick's Day even if you debate the value of corned beef!
  

3 comments:

Ramona said...

Love this glimpse into your classroom and the way you managed to sidestep that land mine. I celebrate your words of the day, something your students will always remember. We did a word of the week in 6th grade, but a word of the day is even better.

onathought said...

Great slice of a classroom conversation! And good things to look forward to after the testing!!!

Tara Smith said...

Love the conversation, Anita - save the fun debates for after the tests!