- Choosing topics for a debate is a challenge, both for teachers and students.
- At the elementary level, children don't have the maturity, experience, and knowledge to handle controversial issues, and hence, such subjects are not an ideal choice for them.
- Very intriguing ones that require deep knowledge, facts, and figures can also be very abstruse. Hence, parents and teachers should choose titles that are easier to research on, and kids in classes can discuss them with ease.
- The titles needn't be political and very tough. In fact, they can even be funny, easy, and comfortable for all to understand and present their own views.
- The idea for choosing an apt title should trigger analytical thinking skills in kids and improving classroom participation.
~ Importance of teachers in education.
~ Should computers replace teachers?
~ Are school uniforms needed?
~ Reading - an emerging trend or a dying interest?
~ Should mobile phones be allowed in schools?
~ Junk food must be banned in schools.
~ Are sports and games as important as studies?
~ Is year-round schooling necessary?
~ Homework should be banned.
~ Do violent video games trigger violent behavior in kids?
~ Are online chat rooms for kids necessary?
~ What household chores must kids be allowed to do?
~ Animals should not be kept in cages.
~ Should the school duration be increased?
~ Is there life on Mars?
~ Do we learn from history?
~ Participation in co-curricular activities is important in schools.
~ Are children over-influenced by fashion these days?
~ Should children be involved in television advertising?
~ Should animals be used for scientific experiments?
~ Should skating be allowed on roadside walks?
~ Should cartoon cards and accessories be allowed in schools?
- Greet 'Good evening/morning' to respective authority.
- Stand/Sit well in front of the timekeeper, judges, and audience. In case you're debating in a group that is sitting in a circle, make yourself comfortable. An alert body language and displaying keen interest is necessary in group discussions.
- Wait for formal announcements before the session begins.
- Applaud every speaker positively.
- Use cue cards that you had prepared.
- Be silent while others are speaking and during judging time, when adjudicators are awarding points.
- Be in proper and neat uniform as per the occasion.
- Arrive early, before the scheduled time. Coming 15 minutes before the scheduled time is necessary, as it makes you comfortable at the venue.
- Accept defeat positively and learn from mistakes. Ultimately, have fun.
- Don't forget to greet important personnel, like the chairman, etc. If adjudicators are a part of the audience (they generally are), then you needn't greet them.
- Don't include some team line or your school team punch before beginning.
- Don't use long sheets of paper to make a note of your arguments.
- Proper dress, hairstyle, and presentation is crucial.