RFD Hours is a weekly 90-minute workshop program designed for middle school students interested in speech and debate. Each meeting consists of two parts:
Part One: Lecture
A lecturer or guest speaker will deliver a lesson on the week's topic. Teaching Assistants (TA's) will be available to answer student questions.
Part Two: Office Hours
Students may attend additional specialized lectures OR receive one-on-one help from TA's in Zoom breakout rooms.
WINTER LECTURE SCHEDULE
1/12 - Debating in a Virtual Setting
1/19 - Crossfire/cross-ex
1/26 - Flowing
2/2 - Impact Turns
2/9 - Narrative (telling a story through speech)
2/16 - Time Management in prep
2/23 - Efficiency in Round
3/2 - Collapsing in debate rounds
3/9 - Weighing
3/16 - Perceptual Dominance!
Q: How old do I have to be to register?
While our program is designed for middle school students (6-8th grade), we welcome students of all grade levels. However, we cannot guarantee that younger students will receive the help and support necessary for them to catch up with older students, as we will cover more advanced topics and current events.
Q: I'm pretty busy and can't make all the meetings. Is weekly attendance required?
Weekly attendance is not required, as RFD Hours essentially functions as a workshop series. However, we strongly recommend attending all the sessions, as this helps us ensure that all students are on the same page.
Q: I'm completely new to debate. Can I still participate?
Yes! We welcome all new debaters.