The ninth-grade Meaningful Closure Experience (MCE) of Biology was a debate between classes. The work tables focused on Ocean’s Importance V.S Plastic Industry, Sustainability vs. Rentability, Industries as a Sustainable Model, Biomagnification and Bioaccumulation, and Globalization vs Environmentalism.
Considering the current and global issues, the purpose was the development of skills for students such as responsibility, communication, active participation, and critical thinking, as well as argumentation, respectful dialogue, and civic commitment in a changing world that requires empathetic and purposeful people.
During the debate, moderated by outstanding students from the tenth and eighth grades who have participated in the Model of United Nations (MUN), and COP 27, the ninth-grade students prepared and presented their ideas with a well-argued opening speech. Then, they actively participated in a moderated debate, to end with agreements, consensus, and commitments. The interaction between grades allowed integration among students and the exchange of experiences.
At the end of the discussion session, the moderator and teaching team highlighted the importance of carrying out this type of activity that promotes the development of discursive skills, and respect, and teaches us how to reach agreements.
Juan Carlos Barbosa Baquero
Head of Experimental Science Department