Direct Instruction

The learning intention for this lesson was to write from a position of argument. The video shows the leaners on the second and final day of the lesson where they are having their debates. Each learner had to speak from the prepared notes, however they could offer a rebuttal on the spot as well.  
Extended plan here

This video captures so much of the lesson, it is so cool. You can see the personalities coming through in their speeches, and I feel like I can understand their thought processes to how they got to those points. I was really surprised and totally impressed that every single learner shared aloud, and also how well they listened to each other. Unfortunately the rebuttal side to the debate was very limited, however this is something that might happen more if we repeated this lesson in the future.

Things to note
In the video there is section where one of the boys leaves the room and everyone yells "Bye", this is because it was his last day of school (moving to America hence the USA chant) and he popped over to say goodbye. We had already properly said goodbye off camera, but I left this part in because it showed just how real a classroom this is, and how distractions always happen and its no big deal.

Yes these were real crickets (found here)! Lisa Stickland releases me from the classroom on Thursdays and Fridays, however when able I like to stay in class and team teach with her. As you can note in the video she is leading this lesson, with me assisting.

Learning Site Content
Walt: write a speech for a debate.

You will be given a statement by your teacher.

It is your job to write a short speech that is either for or against the truth of that statement.

At the end you will join in on the debate with your group in front of the class.

What is a debate

Writing Template

Learner Created Content


Matthew Goodwin
Pt England School
New Zealand


Manaiakalani Research

New Zealand Curriculum