Rachel Williams

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 9 September 2018 10:54 AM EDT

Dr. Rachel Williams

I teach Public Forum debate and public speaking at Global Academic Commons.

In a Public Forum debate, I look for strong arguments supported with strong evidence presented in a clear manner.

I would define a strong argument as one that relates to the resolution at hand, is well-organized, and clearly states your position, using solid logic and reasoning. Quality, well-explained arguments will trump a mere quantity. Debaters should use quoted evidence to support your claims, and well-chosen, relevant evidence will strengthen, though not replace, arguments.

Effective persuasion requires credible, unbiased, strong supporting evidence. In your speeches, this includes proper citation of any evidence used, and this must include source name and date. You should use direct quotations of your evidence and must have it available when asked.

Clear communication is a consideration. I will weigh arguments only to the extent that they are clearly explained, and will discount arguments that are too fast, too garbled, or too jargon-laden to be understood.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
NSDA Taiwan Invitational MS 2018-10-06 OPF Final 606 604 Pro Pro 3-0
NSDA Taiwan Invitational 2018-10-06 ESD Quarte 307 306 Con
NSDA Taiwan Invitational MS 2018-10-06 OPF R4 606 603 Pro
NSDA Taiwan Invitational MS 2018-10-06 NPF R4 502 513 Pro
NSDA Taiwan Invitational 2018-10-06 OPF R3 602 601 Pro
NSDA Taiwan Invitational MS 2018-10-06 NPF R3 504 514 Pro
NSDA Taiwan Invitational 2018-10-06 NPF R2 505 507 Con
NSDA Taiwan Invitational 2018-10-06 NPF R1 508 512 Con
NSDA Taiwan Invitational 2018-10-06 OPF R1 604 602 Pro
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF R3 Lincoln-Sudbury Regional HS Edgemont KS Con