Increase Critical Thinking with the Simple “Debate Your Cause” Technique

increase students' critical thinking skills with the debate your cause technique

Your lesson is going along great… Your class seems to be tracking with you until you decide to ask a question that actually makes them think.

“Why do you think a negative times a negative equals a positive?”


Then – joy of joys – a hand!

“Yes, Carl?”

“Um, could you repeat the question?”

One of our highest goals as math teachers is to develop critical thinking – to teach students to think logically and arrive at the right conclusions on their own.

But sometimes that feels, frankly, like Mission Impossible.

Enter the Debate Your Cause Technique.

It’s not exactly a silver bullet, but this simple technique is a fantastic way to get your students thinking and learning how to express their mathematical thoughts. (Yes, they really do have them….)

Check out this awesome & easy technique in this short 5-minute video:

How can the Debate Your Cause technique help accomplish Mission Impossible in your class? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

MathLight is Coming Soon!

Here at MathLight, we believe that math shouldn’t be confusing, and we’re setting out to prove just that.

How are we going to do that? We’re starting with easy-to-understand videos that explain complex algebraic topics in a way that students can actually understand.

Then we’re adding examples, notes, practice problems, and assessments that integrate directly with the videos and guide students to a deeper understand.

And who is “we” you might ask? We’re a father-daughter team, both of whom have successfully taught secondary math for a combined 34+ years. We know what works & what doesn’t. And, best of all, we know how to explain math in a way that students actually understand.

All this adds up to one amazing value for teachers – all the curriculum is provided for you, saving you hours of work reinventing the wheel. Plus, you can use the videos to flip your classroom, supplement your own instruction, provide remedial help for those who are struggling, and much more!

The first MathLight units will be designed for Pre-Algebra classrooms and will hopefully be available by the end of July 2016.

And the best news of all? We plan to give away our complete Integers unit for free. You read right – absolutely free!

Just click here to be notified when it’s ready.


See you there!