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About TheBrain

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    The Jedi Temple
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    I'm currently a student coach in Michigan. It's a lot of work, but I'm hoping it will stick after I leave this year. I really want to leave debate behind me... we need more than just mere SPORTS in our school.

    A magic eight ball is my debate tool.
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    Coruscant, Coruscant
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    Debate, Marching Band, Writing, Listening to music, smiling, laughing, French
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  1. TheBrain


    Ask my non-existant coach.
  2. TheBrain


    Alright, when I debated (three years ago) I don't recall ever writing a brief as a novice. I was wondering if someone could fill me in on how to do this, or if it's even necessary? I was teaching my Novices and I ran across it and I was like "Well... I've never done THAT" If someone could help me out, I'd appreciate it.
  3. I have a Novice who made a plan last year on the Fall of Democracy using a forwarded email concerning Alexander Tyler's "Fall of the Athenian Republic". It was ridiculous because he had no cards, no evidence, and knew it was wrong after three weeks of research, yet, stupidly, continued to use it. Amusingly enough, however, he won both of his debates because the people he was against forgot to ask for cards or evidence, including one debate in which he decided to debate Neg instead of Aff. Crazy, no? The moral of this story is: ASK FOR CARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And don't be stupid. Like him.
  4. Sounds like our situation, and it's really hard to teach debate when you've only had one year of actual compitition under your belt 0.o!
  5. TheBrain


    That's what I'd call non-topical.
  6. Oh wow. Well, my original coach, Mr. Sexton, told us the basics and then made us do everything ourselves (which actually is a really good thing. We learned a lot faster that way.) My current coach has no idea what she's doing and has never debated before. In fact, I (and two others) are in charge. We have debated officially for one year (three years ago) and have been teaching novices for the past two years. It's basically the blind leading the blind, but we're the best our novices have (we're wanna-be varsity debaters). Unfortunately, my school is too cheap to actually invest in our debate team, so I'm not sure if even our Novices this year are going to be allowed to compete. It makes me so FRUSTRATED.
  7. Do you know if there's any Novice events happening in October? My debate coach was slow this year, so we're scrambling to catch up (actually, we haven't even started yet >.<; ) Maybe a workshop???
  8. Ah! Okay, so we have gone past the basics and we're onto researching the resolution. Oh, what fun, I have to say. I don't think that this is the best resolution to start out novices on. So, RESOLVED: That the United States federal government should establish a policy substantially increasing the number of persons serving on one or more of the following national service programs: Americorps, Citizen Corps, Senior Corps, Peace Corps, Learn and Serve America, Armed Forces. I am coaching the negs, and let's face it, I'm pretty much "new" to debate as well. I have one year of actual debate under my belt. I have taught them how to write cards, and right now they are all researching the negitive points on all of the service programs. We have articles saying that AmeriCorps is inneffective, and the like... and I suppose that could get them through a debate... but we haven't actually BEEN to one this season. I was wondering if someone could give me a hint of what to direct them towards to be able to argue effectivly when they come up against an aff case? Currently two of my debaters are in the process of writing a counter-plan, which I hope will improve their chances. Do any of you have any advice on teaching counterplans?
  9. Still, I'm sure that the n00bs will find "SHIT" amusing, it is High School after all.
  10. Expect an email from kapu12334[at]hotmail.com Thank you so much for your offer! I really appreciate it.
  11. Hi! Well, I have a slight story for you. My school, due to budget cuts, cut the debate program from our school the end of my Freshman year. Due to two friends of mine and myself, we have managed to start it back up again. I'm now a Junior. However, our coach doesn't know anything about debate, so it's our job to teach all of the noobies. The first meetings tomorrow, and I just realized I'm not exactly sure what I should go over first!!! Any ideas?
  12. I'd reccomend you meet with your team everyday during that week and run, drill after drill after drill. Practice flowing, and all that fun stuff. Even record yourself onto a tape, and practice flowing that too and maybe make up arguments to counter act that.
  13. I agree, google is the best way to go. I use Yahoo sometimes as well Ask Jeeves can sometimes come up with good things, but I'd stick with Google may the force be with you in your search
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