Congratulations to Cape Fear Academy’s Maya Arora for winning the 2017 National Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National Tournament. In finals, Maya defeated Upper St. Clair’s Raahema Durrani. Full results and pairings can be found here.
Congratulations to Desoto Central Silas Nelson and Atticus Nelson for winning the 2017 Catholic Forensics League Grandnational Tournament. In finals, Desoto Central defeated Ardrey Kell’s Samuel Wood and Harish Korrapati on a 4-1 decision (Wascher, Von Borstel, Poe, O’Donnell, Kessler). Congratulations to all debaters. Results will be posted when available.
Most camps’ curriculum focuses on mandatory periods student-staff interaction, ranging from group instruction (e.g. lab, modules), to one-on-one drill sessions (e.g. mentorship). These curricular elements are both required and, in general, staff driven. Most camps, then, supplement these required elements with optional student driven instruction. Some camps run office hours, others have evening work time […]
With NSDA Nationals quickly approaching in June, we thought we’d sit down and ask two NSDA National Champions their thoughts about preparing for NSDA Nationals. Today, we’re interviewing the 2016 and 2014 NSDA National Champions. Bennett Eckert is currently a freshman at Northwestern University and won NSDA Nationals in 2016 debating for The Greenhill School […]
Laptops are incredibly useful in debate. From the organizational and card cutting resources of verbatim, to the research opportunities enabled by easy internet access, to the ability to share content with one another by email, to small time-savers like text expanding, laptops save time, increase the quantity and quality of a debater’s output, and are […]
So, it turns out that a lot of debate instructors, myself included, have been running drills the wrong way. I came to this startling and bothersome realization while reading two books, both of which I highly recommend. The first book is Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger III, […]
In this post, I will introduce and explain the ‘Student Clubs’ program that we will be running at VBI this summer. This is a brand new curricular element at VBI, and indeed I don’t know of any camps that run a program of this sort. Thus, I want to start this post by explaining the […]
We are now over a week out from the end of the TOC. One thing this means, besides a bunch of high schoolers realizing they don’t know what to do with free time, is that for the last week my Facebook thread has been filled with sentimental and moving posts in which debaters attempt to […]
This next installment of the Curriculum Corner is to get to know some of our instructors better and see their insights into teaching at debate camp this summer. Today, we’re talking with three VBI staff members about their thoughts in how to teach at debate camp, each sharing their unique perspective on camp. Fred Ditzian […]
AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS WHEN COMPETING WITH SAME PARTNERSHIP: Octafinals at the previous season’s TOC Octafinals at the previous season’s NCFL National Tournament Top 14 at the previous season’s National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament Octafinal Qualifiers Apple Valley (MN) Arizona State (AZ) Berkeley (CA) Blake (MN) Bronx Science (NY) Emory (GA) Florida Blue Key (FL) […]