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5 comments19 Nov 2004 @ 06:02 by skookum : remind me
not to debate you on anything lol
19 Nov 2004 @ 16:21 by astrid : Oh. that must be so....
...frustrating and drainging to have give your all, tryng to as quickly as possible learn how each student takes in knowledge and just as you learn it all to see the students "disappear" or certainly not remain with you... I had my teachers, many of them for four-five years and some even eight years. But I was lucky to go to a small private school, where all the Teachers knew you, even when they didn't have you/your class for that year. I so wish this would come back again! For both the Students' sake and the Teachers'
20 Nov 2004 @ 05:13 by koravya : Another Day
>Late Friday evening, November nineteenth into the twentieth. Begin from todays event, a series of eight debates, one-on-one. Topics included Mandatory Drug Testing, Legalization of Prostitution, School dress codes and/or uniforms, Physician Assisted Suicide, Drilling for oil in Alaska, To home school or not to home school, our dear friend The Patriot Act, and Raising the Minimum Wage. I pair students up as opponents. These opponents choose their issue and have two weeks to prepare themselves for the coin toss at the beginning of the debate day that will determine which side they will argue. Obviously, it is fun to listen to various individuals having to present a side we all know they dont feel in their heart. Three times up and three times down for each one, opening, rebuttal, and conclusion, questions or comments at the end, and it is not about who wins.
We dont make those judgments here. Everyone is doing as well as they can, and thats what I want.
What is ironic about this scenario is that I have absolutely no experience through hi school or college debating, nor any experience in any of the public speaking arts, other than what Ive developed as a classroom teacher these last four years. I came to this place as a writing teacher with additional background in art, economics, and anthropology. I was no better at public speaking when I started this job than many of my students are right now. All Im telling my people is to get up there and have something to say and just be sure you keep as much of your attention as you can on your audience. Its work, but its fun for everybody, especially to me since all I have to do is listen and make some useful and/or affirmative remark at the end. Theyre the ones doing the learning, and I am their audience. Kind of another way of looking at that student-teacher relationship. It can get to be like the students are the audience to the teacher. Now the teacher is the audience, not only to what they say, but to what is going on behind the scene of who this person is talking to us in the vocabulary of his or her chosen subject matter.<
20 Nov 2004 @ 21:57 by skookum : being that my nature
is as a peacemaker.. I find debating painful. I am not good at it.. plain and simple. I admire those who can do it well.
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