ndf 2019 — lecture assignments
We cannot wait until this summer! More than 600 students have registered for the National Debate Forum public forum sessions and registration isn’t even closed!
Most instructors will give 4 lectures during the two weeks at each NDF session. You will be paired up with another staff member for each lecture and we strive that you never have more than 1 lecture in a single day. Lectures are approximately one hour long and typically require an activity.
We have once again decreased the amount of lectures to provide more lab time. We have moved some lectures into lab time to help facilitate better learning experiences for students. We ask that almost every lecture involve a drill or something portable that students can take with them and do in their next lab session.
We are continuing our small lecture group model that we used last year. Since every level is large, we will have several Forum Rebuttal Lectures going on at the same time. We learned some things from this process last year and are working to better streamline these experiences for all students.
Final note about lectures --
- No one should think they are over- or under-qualified for any level of lecture, and I would actively encourage signing up for lectures across all four levels. To clarify our tiers for those who are new to NDF - this is a very unofficial guide:
-----Apex - Top 8% of teams at the camp. These kids either competed and did well at the TOC last year and had consistent success on the national circuit.
-----Summit - Top 25% of the camp. These kids typically range from 1 bid round to qualified to the TOC and 2-5/1-6 at TOC. We expect this level to fully qualify for TOC in 2019.
-----Forum - This is where half of the camp is placed. Most of these students are rising sophomores or juniors - they are transitioning from local circuit to national circuit. Mostly foundational concepts are taught here.
-----Symposium - These students are middle school debaters typically. They are just as good as Forum debaters - but are separated because of age. Their curriculum will be very close to what is taught in the Forum level.
The best teachers can teach skills at any level. Being flexible, adaptable, and willing to work as part of the team are the qualities we value in our instructors.