This past weekend, I had a two by four hit me in the head again, as life hammered another lesson home. It's a lesson that I've learned before, but one that I clearly needed to learn again, hence the two by four. On Friday morning, my alarm went off at 4 am, so I could … Continue reading If I can write, I can write . . . right?
I had an interesting conversation with one of my students this past week. He decided that since he has been suffering from a severe case of Senioritis since August, now that the Forensics season is almost over, he’d like to write a new expository speech. Apparently, his apathy might be wearing off, but we’ll see … Continue reading How do you say a word without really saying it?
Have you ever been asked that question? It’s an odd question but one that high school debaters regularly ask their judges before a debate round. The first time a competitor asked me about my paradigm before a round, I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. “My paradigm? Uhhh . . . ” … Continue reading What is your paradigm?
I judged a round of Original Oratory yesterday morning at the National Forensics Tournament here in Dallas. No, this is not a tournament as to who can fingerprint the fastest á la CSI but rather a tournament that brings together the best high school speakers and debaters across the country to compete in a variety … Continue reading Thinking teens exist . . . we are not doomed