Topics need to be simple and have arguments for both sides.

Here are some earlier topics we have used.

Term 1 2009 In-house Debate Topics

1.  That we should accept graffiti as art

2.  That Hannah Montana is a bad role model

3.  That everyone needs a Facebook page

4.  That artificial additives and colours should be banned from food

Term 2 2009 Inter-school Debate Topics

1.  That children should be allowed to have a mobile phone at school

2.  That everyone should learn two languages

3.  That it should be legal to burn music CDs

4.  That electronics are ruining our social life

Term 3 2009 Inter-school Debate Topics- Topic contest winners

1.  That all children should learn to cook at school

2.  That young Australians would rather watch than get involved

3.  The generosity overpowers greed

4.  That Tazars should be banned

Term 4 2009 Grand Final Debate Topics

1.  That there should be an age restriction on U-Tube

2.  That a social life is more important than academics

3.  That the Olympic games are a waste of money

4.  That cities without nature are harmful to humans

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  • Lesli:

    Thanks John
    Are you a teacher? Involving primary students in Debating will help them develop the writing skills that the NAPLAN test will now be measuring. It really helps with the motivation of boys because their verbal skills often develop before their written skills. Debating engages them and motivates them to do the writing.
    Lesli Grant

  • “It really helps with the motivation of boys because their verbal skills often develop before their written skills. Debating engages them and motivates them to do the writing.”
    Can more?

  • Lesli:

    In my experience, you need to work with the energy of young boys.
    -They need strong boundaries- this is what you can do and this is not acceptable.
    – Some schools start the day with a run or other activity to use some of this energy.
    – Regular breaks or change of activity. A chance to move
    – Observe very closely. Many young boys are restless, pent up with energy, they fidget, they take up more “space”
    – Expecting children to sit motionless, without interaction for hours is quite cruel.
    – Accept this natural state of needing to move, and plan lessons or activities to give opportunities for interaction, moving, working in a team.
    – I get the feeling that we sometimes think there is something wrong with boys because on the whole they can’t sit and comply in the same way that girls can. What if they couldn’t help it?
    Try to focus on the task, help the student focus, listen, praise their efforts, really listen.
    If a person is struggling to write, I get them to tell me what they are thinking and I make some dot points for them, I have a conversation, I affirm their thinking or challenge it.
    If you have an exciting challenge like preparing a debate, students are more interested in doing the work needed, this motivation gets them writing, even if it is slow and painful for them.

    Lesli Grant

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  • Lesli:

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  • Lesli:

    Hi Tula
    Learning and sharing is so rewarding. I’m happy for you to use material from my blog if it will help teachers or students elsewhere.

    Debating is a very powerful tool for building reading/writing skills and self esteem. You don’t expect new debaters to know all the rules or talk like government officials or professionals. So first drop the high expectations.
    The first step is to get them learning about the topic- all the points of view. Next you ask them what they think about it, what could happen, how it might affect others. Then you help them organise their thoughts and let them stand up and having a go. If they can be applauded for their efforts and shown 1 thing to work on for next time….their willingness to write and read will grow.

    Lesli Grant
    GOZONE Debating
    Owner and Coach

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