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Time for Something New: the 2015-2016 Stoa LD Resolutions

(One Ethos coach’s perspective on the slate of Stoa LD topics for 2015-16.) There are quite a few things in my life that make me insanely happy. For example, freshly baked quiche, Lady Gaga’s voice, and nongovernmental LD resolutions. The last item on that...

Code of the Debater

I will… … Move my audience towards the good, never using my weapon for ill … Give more than I receive … Seek the joy of sharing ideas and finding agreement, not the high of conflict … Help people make better decisions … Protect my...

How to Improve: SWOT Your Ballots

As Chip and Dan Heath (also authors of our favorite communications book, Made to Stick) note in their book “Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard,” improvement is often about capitalizing on the “bright spots.” A similar point is made by Charles Duhigg in...

A Student-Coaching Dilemma: It Depends

When you’re one step ahead, you can help those one step behind. But which step to take? Clare Downing wrote a post based on her experiences as a student coach. A Student-Coaching Dilemma: It Depends by Clare Downing One of the best things about the Homeschool...

How to Debate in Outrounds

Just got a question from a debater struggling to win outrounds. I thought I’d share my response. The question: “For background, I’ve been doing debate for three years and I’ve always done exceptionally well when it comes to prelims. This year...

Memorize Faster with Four Simple Tips

Take a moment to hear 4 tips for speech memorization from a national champ.  Even if you’ve been memorizing your speeches for years, you may be surprised to learn you could do it much faster!  And debaters, this works for 1ACs...

The Glorious, Slow, Winning 1AR (by Thaddeus Tague)

What exactly is the 1AR? Take a second to think. Before you can learn how to use it to win, you must first understand what the 1AR truly is. Is it the most important speech in the round? Is it the compensation for Aff’s right to be the first and last word in the...

Mid-Season TP Debaters: Go Deeper, says Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins (2013 TP national champion) and I are planning this weekend’s teaching. We’re working with a group of experienced debaters who aren’t having the traction they should. We had both written down our own notes, and they were remarkably...

Bob the Robot

Once there was a robot named Bob. Bob was programmed to deliver helpful information in a timely and organized matter. Bob was intuitive. His antennas could pick-up and decode human language, triggering him to respond with his helpful information whenever another...