Debates: a source of student motivation

26 Jul

Jonatham Schramm, an ecology PhD doing an education post-doc, floored me with his quiet ability to get students discussing GMOs, mass transit, and consequently, biology, with passion.

I also notice students pipe up to correct peers or instructors like at no other time. I’ve seen 40 minute debates cause astonishing 40 minute gaps in Facebook news feeds.

So, debates! A great activity, because it generates motivation and requires self-directed learning at many levels.

Here’s an example question: Should 40 smuggled tomato frogs be returned to Madagascar?

http://news.sciencemag.org.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/scienceinsider/2010/07/should-smuggled-madagascar-frogs.html

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