Debate is a great way to build interest in what you are teaching in class. The truth is that students really love to debate. Debate also provides great learning opportunities for students if done right. The key is organization and structure. Students need to learn that debating is not arguing. Whe you conduct your first debate, you will probably have to rein in their natural instinct to talk when it is not their turn. However, once you have held a few debates, you will find that the kids really step up to the plate and find learning and debating to be fun and rewarding. I've created an article that provides a step-by-step look at holding classroom debates to help get you started.