Teacher's Guide for Discovering the World through Debate: A Practical Guide to Educational Debate for Debaters, Coaches and Judges

Teacher's Guide for Discovering the World through Debate: A Practical Guide to Educational Debate for Debaters, Coaches and Judges

Teacher's Guide for Discovering the World through Debate: A Practical Guide to Educational Debate for Debaters, Coaches and Judges

Teacher's Guide for Discovering the World through Debate: A Practical Guide to Educational Debate for Debaters, Coaches and Judges

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This Teacher's Guide serves as a manual for using Discovering the World through Debate, third edition. It provides lesson plans for a 12-week course, with 180 minutes of classroom instruction weekly. Activities vary, but all are designed to help students understand debate on a theoretical and practical level.

PREPARATION

Please read the introduction and review the Weekly Topic Outline (p. xiii) to get an overview of how the course is organized and what is expected from the students. Consult the Weekly Topic Outline as you plan your lessons, and remember to read the appropriate sections of the textbook because this guide follows the textbook closely. The guide explains techniques and concepts from the textbook and highlights the key points of each chapter, but it does not replicate the comprehensive information in the textbook.

The Teacher's Guide promotes effective teaching through the use of myriad instructional techniques that support effective teaching. Most important, it provides a framework that encourages and nurtures your individual and professional creativity, experience, and insights. While this manual offers a fairly rigid teaching syllabus, we encourage you to structure and configure the content in a way consistent with your professional experience and the needs of your students. Remember to utilize real world examples and applications in your presentations and to provide meaningful feedback to your students based on your own experience with debate. Debate is dynamic and exciting, and thus you should feel free to modify the lesson plans provided or to develop your own.

The Teacher's Guide presents material in a variety of instructional approaches and always strives to foster best teaching practices. As you use this manual, follow these general practices:

1. Post the learning objectives for each training session in an accessible place. Posting objectives and referring to them throughout the lesson shows the students that the lesson is structured and carefully thought out. Knowing what the lesson will accomplish makes the students more comfortable in embarking on new approaches and unfamiliar material.

2. Regularly review the Terminal Core Objectives (TCOs) of the course with your students. This review assures them that each session is furthering the goal of the course. Each lesson plan lists the TCOs associated with that session.

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