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Debate Camp for Beginners

Lindsey Dixon M.S., B.S., Professor
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In this 5-day course, students will be introduced to debate through highly interactive activities, lectures, and debate. #academic

Class Experience

  • The goals of this class are: 1. Critical thinking - It's important to engage students in areas that they like but also can help hone their critical thinking skills by constructing arguments and having to respond to their fellow classmates. 2. Argumentation building - building arguments is foundational for all areas of our lives and learning the steps of how arguments are formed and then practicing those steps is paramount to mastering them. 3. Listening skills - A large part of the discourse is having to listen and comprehend what others around you are saying and not just waiting to speak next. This debate helps students to focus on listening to respond not just waiting to talk. 4. Improve Public Speaking Skills - Debate allows students to work not only on their critical thinking skills but helps to build their confidence with public speaking. 5. Building a Community - A great part of debate is building a community of people who also enjoy talking and debating.
Hi, Y'all! 

As a highly experienced educator and Director of Debate with a track record of success, you can trust that your child is in capable hands with me. Since 2012, I have been running a highly respected debate program, which I started from scratch and has since grown into one of the most reputable programs in the country. We travel throughout the United States and the world for competitions and training, and I pour my heart and soul into my students, both in the classroom and on the debate floor.

Throughout the years, I have helped organize some of the largest debate tournaments in the United States and the world, promoting critical thinking, argumentation building, and public speaking. I was even the first woman to ever host the United States University Debating Championship, the largest debating competition in the country.

As an expert in debate, we cover a wide range of topics and help students learn how to communicate effectively, respectfully, and with objective information. I have led countless workshops on how to communicate about difficult topics such as gender, racial, social-economic, and cultural issues, so you can rest assured that I am equipped to handle sensitive and complex issues with sensitivity and care.

I have also been invited to participate in prestigious debate training programs worldwide, including the North American Debate Academy in Burlington, Vermont, the International Debate Academy in Slovenia, the Southern Debate Academy in South Carolina,  and the Beihang World Debate Academy in Beijing, China. These experiences have allowed me to bring a unique global perspective to my teaching and further develop my skills as an educator.

With my extensive experience and passion for teaching debate, your child will receive a top-notch education that will help them build critical thinking, communication, and advocacy skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

Personal Debate Awards and Accomplishments  

Convener of the United States University Debating Championship 		  Clemson University 
This is the largest debate tournament in the country.
The first female to ever convene the national championship. 

Chief Adjudicator for the United States University Debating Championship    Denver, Colorado. 
		This is the largest debate tournament in the country. I was elected to assist in 
 		running this prestigious event by my peers at the 2016 National Tournament.  

Judged the final of the United States University Debating Championship 
Anchorage, Alaska 
Atlanta, Georgia 
Denver, Colorado
Chief Adjudicator of Vanderbilt University 
	Nashville, Tennessee 
Chief Adjudicator United States Air Force Academy
	Colorado Springs, Colorado
Chief Adjudicator Herstory Womxn 
	La Verne, California 
Chief Adjudicator Huber Debate 
	Burlington, Vermont
Chief Adjudicator for the Pan American Championships
	Montego Bay, Jamaica 
Chief Adjudicator for the University of North Georgia
	Oakwood, Georgia 
Broke as a judge at over 50 tournaments
	Breaking at a tournament as a judge means you are recognized as one of the best
 	judges at the tournament.  

Invited Debate Training 
North American Debate Academy 					
Burlington, Vermont 
International Debate Academy in Slovenia 		       
 Ljubljana, Slovenia 
Beihang World Debate Academy, 					
Beijing, China 
Homework Offered
There will be no formal homework but students can look up information on their own.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Joined July, 2020
Hey, Y'all! 

If you're looking for a dynamic and engaging teacher to help your learner build important skills like debate, public speaking, critical thinking, and media literacy, look no further.

As a seasoned competitive academic coach. I have... 
Group Class


for 5 classes
5x per week, 1 week
75 min

Completed by 698 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-15
6-12 learners per class

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