Curricular Components 5: Supplementary Student-Staff Interaction

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 […]

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Preparing for Nationals: An Interview with 2 National Champions

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 […]

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Academic Articles 3: Laptop Use

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 […]

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Insights In Instruction

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 […]

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Curricular Components 3: All Things Elective

This third installment of our ‘Curricular Components’ miniseries will be dedicated to the ‘elective’ features of VBI curriculum. I will first give a brief overview to the ‘elective’ elements of our curriculum, second discuss the values of electivity, and third present some problems the curriculum staff has considered with electives as well as what solutions we […]

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Academic Articles 1: Student Teaching

Seneca, in his Moral Letters to Lucilius gives the following advice: “Associate with those who will make a better man of you. Welcome those whom you yourself can improve. The process is mutual; for men learn while they teach.” This is one of many passages where Seneca displays his stoic sense. And science has backed […]

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