The Behrman Charter Debate team has been on a war path this spring as a participate in the Crescent City Middle School Debate League. As you can see, we have been taking home some big prizes, both as a team and individually.
In the last 3 months, we have researched, collaborated, rehearsed, and successfully debated the following issues/propositions:
-Social Media should be abolished for children under 16 y/o.
In fact, the three students on the left (above) placed 2nd (Kiya), 1st (Aalyah), and 4th (Terrence) out of over 100 students this past Saturday at Tulane University. The other two gentlemen (Jeremiah and Rejon) won the team work award as they were asked to fill in for other teams who did not have enough members to participate. Behrman Charter is all about collaboration, and we were happy to share our research and debate skills with students from other New Orleans middle schools.
The Rooftop Garden is exploding! We RED tomatoes, budding broccoli and cauliflower, and our peppers are starting to change colors! A picture is worth a MILLION words, and those smiles (above) are proof that Behrman is ripe with naturalistic learners.
Note: Take a look at the tiny holes in the broccoli leaf (top right above) -- those are the work of a mild caterpillar infestation. No worries! Everything is a lesson in the Rooftop Garden; we discussed the life cycle of these caterpillars in first grade and then used their presence to provide real-world evidence for our debate team (5th-8th grade) when we researched GMOs in food (see proposition list above)!
Last by not least, this morning I helped Aalyah accept an "Inspirational Hero" award from Cox Communications. If I can say one thing about Aalyah, it is that students like her don't come around often, and yes, she is the same Aalyah pictured above (1st overall!). Here is the blurb read as she accepted her award: