For Ashley, the trip to the hardware store meant a chance to
discover the math and science behind everyday activities. The
experience showed her how people who use math and science
as they work and play. Better yet, it gave her a chance to just
I thought it was pretty fun. It really got your brain to work
Precious found the debate about the qualities of dogs versus
cats helpful. She was able to imagine herself as an inquisitive
detective. Preparing for debate gave her a chance to imagine
what sorts of questions people might ask, and how she would
go about finding the information to answer their questions. She
had to determine what facts would convince her classmates.
Precious was glad that she had the opportunity to work with a
familiar topic. She concluded, It helps me to understand.
Ricardo also found the debate process a learning experience.
Prior to the debate, he could not help but wonder, Does your
heart race? Do you sweat? Wring your hands? Reality was a
lot better than he had feared. Instead, Ricardo found that he
was better prepared than he had thought. He did share,
however, I had to think on my feet.