Tag Archives for " Lincoln-Douglas Debate "

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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Nov 30

Staying Alert Through the Holiday Cheer

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Classes are now poised between the most exciting and the most difficult time of the year - they are poised between vacations.This is by far the favorite time of the year for most students. The anticipation of the upcoming New Year (and an upcoming respite from school) is palpable.More often than not, I see too many students lose sight of their academic aspirations in the anticipation of the holiday cheer.…

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Oct 26

[P.1] The Second Half and a Nine Week Vision

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Your children - my students - have made tremendous growth in their public speaking skills during this nine weeks. The question therefore "begs to be asked": what is next?I want to answer that question by stating a primary concern: students need communication skills.​ The ability to communicate is not limited to speaking before an audience or debating a person on the moral attributes of a policy, practice, or position.Speech and debate our skills that must transcend the classroom and the halls of academia.…

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