GEMS Students Flex Debating Muscles

Target 1 Student-Centered Learning: FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities

Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff

“In all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.” 
― William Penn

As the presidential election season comes to a close today, we wanted to highlight one of many learning experiences in our schools this fall, as students studied this historic moment in our history.

Middle school students love to debate virtually any topic. Harnessing those energies into good arguments is exactly what GEMS in Social Studies teacher John Mahoney’s classroom did. A special presidential election unit of study was developed by Holly Knight, a Georgia parent and a graduate student who is currently working with Mr. Mahoney.

Students had been talking about the election for several weeks and did research on specific topics and the two major candidates. Then each of the four seventh-grade social studies classes held a debate on Thursday, November 1st with Mrs. Knight as moderator.

This is their final message to all of us of legal voting age:

Your voice matters, so remember to vote!

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