Faced with the daunting task of raising thousands of dollars to take five kids to the Forensics National Tournament in Indianapolis this summer, I have spent the last several weeks enconsced in fundraising activities such as sending kids out in their professional business attire to solicit (beg) for donations, running concession stands, and supporting parents who held a … Continue reading McWhat?!?
I participated in my final regular season Forensics/Speech and Debate tournament as head coach this weekend, and last night at the awards, each of the coaches shared something they had learned from participating in this thing we call Speech and Debate. One shared that he had learned that the effective use of language to manipulate, … Continue reading Are you a Super Hero?
Whenever I take my Forensics/Speech & Debate team on a trip, the kids somehow manage to go on "epic adventures." Sometimes I hear about their shenanigans during the event or just after, but most often, I don't hear about them until much, much later. They're good kids, so they never get in trouble (as far … Continue reading My Next “Epic Adventure”
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?
I’ve spent this weekend like I spend a majority of my weekends, watching kids compete. This weekend I watched my Speech & Debate team competing Friday night and all day Saturday, and then on Sunday, I watched my own son compete in the final day of a hockey tournament. When I got to the hockey … Continue reading And the winner is . . . NOT YOU! Deal with 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?
One Friday per month during the school year, I arrive at school sometime between 5:30 – 6:00 am to head west, 300 miles on a school bus that tops out at 58 mph (safety comes first). The bus is filled with 25-50 teenagers. Their sport? Talking, literally. I coach the Speech and Debate team, and … Continue reading Denim Bus Blankie