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#2 Team in the USA – Post-Nationals Interview

Cora Alles and Stefanie Klaves agreed to interview with me about their nationals experience, making it to 2nd place on the finals stage in NCFCA team policy for 2015 national championships. There are some great stories in here, getting into the weeds on Syrian Rebels...

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...