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Chris Luzniak is a mathematics educator who doubles as a speech and debate coach. His passions were sparked in high school in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. His high school English teacher and debate coach sowed a love for public speaking and debates, while his high school Calculus teacher sparked an interest in mathematics. Chris entered college intending to major in the arts, but the math department at Baldwin-Wallace College furthered that spark for mathematics. Through engaging, student-centered classes at the undergraduate level, Chris was inspired to pursue a degree in mathematics and changed his major to math.
While earning his graduate degree in theoretical mathematics at the University of Connecticut, Chris discovered an interest in the teaching and learning of mathematics, and, with the support of Math for America New York, he became a secondary math teacher. His 15 years (so far!) of teaching mathematics in grades 6-12 began in New York City public schools. During his nine years in New York, Chris also founded and coached the Speech and Debate team at his school. Through this combination of teaching and coaching, Chris saw many connections, and as a result, he has worked to develop debate routines that bring student voice and discussion into the math classroom.
Chris is currently a math teacher and department chair at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. He enjoys teaching mathematics and exploring new ways to incorporate debate activities into math lessons at all levels. Chris is also an instructional coach, working with teachers in both math and science to develop real-world debate routines and activities for students. Some of his work can be seen at luzniak.com or on his blog clopendebate.wordpress.com. Still an avid fan of the arts, Chris can be found spending his free time taking in some theater or playing with his adorable dog. He also enjoys an exciting road trip with a good podcast.
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- Up for Debate! Developing Debate Routines for the Math Classroom (Grades 6–12)
- Up for Debate! Developing Debate Routines for the STEM Classroom (Grades 6–12)
- Debate as Assessment: Developing Debate Activities and Projects for Students Understanding (Grades 6–12)
- Amplifying Student Voice in the Math Classroom: Exploration of Speaking and Writing Routines to Make Student Voice the Center of the Learning (Grades 6–12)
- Embracing Math Mistakes: Activities to Promote Learning from Mistakes (Grades 6–12)