Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mar 15

[P.3] Halfway There: Winding Down the Third Quarter

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Midterms are right around the corner, and as the year is beginning to thaw, the class is winding down the third quarter.Currently, students have had numerous formal and informal speaking opportunities as they have lead the class, created original orations, delivered declamations, developed and shared both impromptu speeches as well as impromptu evaluations.​As we near the final weeks of this quarter, we will begin our mid-term.…

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Mar 15

[A/B] SPAR and Lincoln-Douglas: The Final Quarter

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Throughout the past two weeks, students have been learning the art of debate. Through informal SPAR debate (i.e. spontaneous argument), we have been fine tuning the procedures and methodology or argumentation.Debate is an intense process - both in the preparation for and in the culmination of a clash in views, values, beliefs, and ideas.Throughout the remainder of the third quarter and into the final quarter of the semester, each student will be engaging value arguments in order to challenge and persuade their classmates that​ he or she has the most reasonable approach to a given proposition.Further information on Lincoln-Douglas debate and the resolutions to be argued can be found on the NFL website.​…

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Mar 01

[A/B] Logical Trust – An Argument for Debate

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Students have begun the first step in their journey toward debate - that step is in learning that debate is more than just a spewing of opinion. It is a logical progression of thought. It requires intense listening. Above all, it requires an honest deliberation and exchange of ideas, beliefs, values, and assumptions.During the past week, we engaged a framework for the importance of debate: it is not a fight (which is only concerned with winning); rather, it is a leadership opportunity to offer guidance and direction through the art of persuasion.Games are not life, but they may provide a beautiful microcosom of it.…

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