Teacher Workshop

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WORKSHOP CONTENT
Debate Theory and Practice

The two-week teacher's workshop occurs in conjunction with the debater's workshop. Teachers attend the topic and theory lectures and work directly with debate squads to learn about contemporary debate theories and practices. Special classes in debate theory will be held for the teachers.

Administering a Forensics Program

Lectures and group discussions will focus on ALL ASPECTS of directing a forensics program. Topics include legal issues, new research technologies, student recruiting, public relations with the administration and community at large, program fund raising, squad management, practice round critiques, etc. Interested teachers will be provided with instructions and information about computer software that is available to schedule and tabulate a debate tournament of any size.

Practical Teaching Information

Teachers receive lesson plans designed for teaching year-long and semester-long debate classes. Lectures and group discussions will focus on effective classroom teaching techniques as well as at-tournament coaching techniques.

Scholarship information

A limited number of room and board scholarships are available for first time debate coaches as a result of a gift from the National Forensic League. Please contact Dr. Matt Gerber for more information.

About the Workshop Staff

Lectures by directors of the nation's leading high school and college forensics programs in coaching, administering a squad, administering a tournament, and argumentation and debate.

Special Features

  • Lectures by directors of the nation's leading high school and college forensics programs in coaching, administering a squad, administering a tournament, and argumentation and debate.
  • Teachers work directly with debate squads to learn effective coaching techniques.
  • Teachers receive numerous instructional materials including a full lesson plan for teaching a year-long or semester-long debate course, syllabi, lecture discussion guides, sample cases and affirmative and negative briefs, many handouts, homework assignments and tests. All interested teachers will be provided with computer software and instruction necessary to schedule and tabulate a debate tournament on the Macintosh computer.
  • Interaction among teachers and workshop staff is encouraged to discuss contemporary problems in forensics and ways to overcome these problems, as well as to share ideas and gain new acquaintances on the forensics circuit.
  • An individual course of instruction is established for each individual teacher, regardless of whether they are a beginner or an experienced veteran.