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High School Speech and Debate Public Forum (Intermediate Part II)

Jennifer Hughes, B.A., J.D., LL.M, LC
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(612)
In this course students will learn all about Public Forum debate and prepare to compete in an all-class tournament (Debate and/or Speech Options).

Class experience

 Student goals include:  
I.   Enhancement of critical thinking and reasoning abilities.
II.  Further academic advancement and development. 
III. Development of sound and logical arguments.
IV. Learning the value of extensive and intense study of an issue, from all sides. 
V.  Development of Communication Skills, having the adaptability for many styles and allowing for complex argumentation. 
I am a semi-retired Professor and High School teacher.  I am also a practicing attorney in New York State.  I taught Speech and Debate for many years at the Middle and High School Level.  I was an award winning coach at the State level.  My students also competed at the National Level.  Several received scholarships to college based on their speech and debate accomplishments.  I have also taught Advanced Placement US Government, Advanced Placement Comparative Government and traditional High School Government for over ten years.  I know it is important to introduce a fact based, non biased lesson to students that will foster discussions with their family.  For twenty years I have had the opportunity to work with students from Pre-K through Graduate School in both a traditional learning atmosphere and those classes that deviate from neurotypical teaching.  I held my teaching certification in World History/US History/Government and Economics for Middle and High School.   My teaching philosophy is that all students are individuals and unique learners that must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. I will provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas and where mistakes are considered education victories.
     While incorporating the eight learning styles into each class, I believe that there are five essential elements that are conducive to learning. (1) The teacher's role is to act as a guide. (2) Students must have access to hands-on activities. (3) Students should be able to have choices and let their curiosity direct their learning. (4) Students need the opportunity to practice skills in a safe environment. (5) Technology must be incorporated into the school day.
Homework Offered
Each week the instructor will work with debate groups and they will be expected to complete assigned parts of their arguments. Students should expect 1-2 hours of work weekly after the third week. For speech events, students should practice their piece daily and fill out practice sheets as well as supplemental worksheets (such as character bios) for their event.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades are available upon request. Student will receive full points when they can check off everything on teachers rubric.
Grades Offered
Supplies will vary depending on students choice for competition.  Speech events usually require a script.  Debate requires 3x5 cards, stopwatch and normal school supplies, such as writing utensils.  For extemporaneous speaking, students will need access to newspapers and magazines, as well as folders and a case to hold their folders.
Students have some choice when it comes to speech events and may choose scripts that are sensitive in nature.  There ust not be any inappropriate words and it must be material that is appropriate for High School students.
Speech event students may need to purchase a script.  For example, if your student chooses to do a monologue, they will need to either find a free one online, or purchase one.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(612)
Welcome to my page,

Follow me at:  @outschoolteacherjenn  on Facebook 

Winter tutoring both ongoing and Speech and Debate are filling up.  Please reserve your time asap to guarantee a spot.  

It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to work... 
Group Class


for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
55 min

Completed by 10 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 13-18
4-10 learners per class

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