Eric Melin Paradigm
Debate Coach - Coppell 9th Grade Center and Coppell High School
Previous teams: Law Magnet, Southlake Carroll, Colleyville Heritage, Grapevine and Hockaday.
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I have been a classroom teacher and debate coach for quite a while now. I think debate operates in a unique place in the high school experience, where it serves as a crucible for the development of advocacy skills and critical engagement that is not replicated anywhere else. I love this activity and want each successive generation to be able to enjoy it.
Be good to one another! Take care of our space and leave it better than the way you found it. Come back and give back if debate has given you a space to develop yourself.
I do not have a dogmatic approach to debate. I cannot say that I am tab because that is not true, but for the most part feel free to be you in debate. I will definitely tell you if I think what you are doing is bad for our space. Debate teams should forward a ballot story for the round. Teams are welcome to impact to the same framework or argue over the relative appropriateness of competing methods to decide the round.
Speed is fine, but clarity can be an issue. This seems to happen more in LD than policy. I cannot flow a string of unending analytics with no pen-time even if its in perfect outline form in your speech doc. I definitely cannot flow paragraphs of claims and small warrants with no structure. Try and empathize with your critics and opponents. This is not read-along story time.
Theory is over-used in LD. RVI's definitely make sense to check back some practices in LD. That said ditching substance and going for 4 minutes of RVI in the 1ar is a definitely not an A-strat in front of me in most rounds.
I do believe strongly in disclosure.
I am a critic and an educator.
Speaks are based on strategic thinking, warrant comparison, impact analysis, etc...
Message me if you have questions. Have fun!