If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spirited Debate: Words Can Be So Cool!

Here at Laughlin, we support and encourage the power of words. The ability to read, write, and express oneself is incredibly valuable. A perfect working example of this comes from spirited debate. Congratulations to ninth grader Brooke Stanley as she brought home a first place victory for the Quaker Valley Debate Team in "Rally in the Valley SPAR Debate" sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh (article taken from the QV Monday Memo):

"Special congratulations to ninth grader Brooke Stanley for placing 1st in the College in High School - Rally in the Valley SPAR Debate, sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh! Seneca Valley hosted this year's tournament on March 8. It brought together approximately 100 students, mostly seniors, from Quaker Valley, Seneca Valley and Chartiers Valley high schools. Students faced off for four preliminary rounds of SPAR (spontaneous argumentation) debate followed by a final four rounds and a championship showdown. Indeed, against considerable odds, freshman Brooke Stanley emerged as this year's champion as she successively defeated each of her six senior opponents. The debate resolutions included issues of government, technology, education, culture, and the absurd. With just a few minutes to prepare arguments, students were assessed on how well they delivered their constructive speeches, cross examined their opponents, and presented final rebuttals. SPAR debates ran 10 - 15 minutes each with very little break time. Brooke's victory marks the second straight time a Quaker Valley debater has won the coveted Rally in the Valley championship and the third straight time Quaker Valley has appeared in the championship."

Words can be so cool!

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