Let’s be real. Being the debate coach probably means that you will be absent from your classroom more than any other teacher on campus. Strangely, this doesn’t mean that you are home in bed with a box of tissues or on a beach somewhere with a good novel. We all know what it means. It means you are on a bumpy yellow bus with one half-asleep leg propped on someone’s backpack, riding past a Starbucks as dozens of adolescents in business attire scream to stop for frappuccino, as if caffeine, sugar, and a sloshy, sticky liquid was what’s really needed in this strange transportation equation. This is all done to a frantic, humming soundtrack of a 1AC. SO, the main point here is that while you do usually take your class (or at least part of it) with you, your bag of tricks as a Debate Coach absolutely must include a versatile collection of educational and meaningful work that your students (the ones not actually on the bus with you) can do while you are gone. Sure, sometimes you get lucky and your sub has some debate experience or (Joy of Joys) is an ex-student of yours who can teach just like you would if you were there. However, let’s be honest again, most subs are not that comfortable with the three-ring circus that is the true nature of any highly effective Debate classroom and its difficult to leave something that the debate kiddos feel is actually relevant. So, sometimes you really just need simple lessons to leave behind that can cause some good thinking and are easy to execute. This is material to add to your “The Sub Can Do It” Collection.
Debate Career Moves
Overview: This collection of linkable (for you digital folks) or Printable (for you traditional folks) materials has students explore the careers of Press Secretary and Journalist and discover how the highly portable debate skill of cross-examination relates to those vocations.
May you have many happy road trips with your team this year. If you have a favorite lesson that you use for those days when you have a substitute please comment and share below.
The Old Coach