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December 14, 2011 / compassioninpolitics

What is the (ideal) role of the debate coach?

1. Develop toward excellence, mastery, and their dreams by providing challenges and tools to meet challenges. Challenge students to take on important, big issues. Help instill the heart of a champion (self-development) in them.
2. Instill the tools of debate, critical thinking, public speaking, and life success (including success & determination & character & risk taking & failure).
3. Help them set goals and meet and exceed those goals.
4. Reflect on his/her role and how to achieve that on each month–if not more often.
5. Mentor their academic and social development–serve as a bridge to their future. Coach them through the periodic mini-chokepoints in college as necessary.

Streamline your education and coaching roles (ie forms and handouts for coaching).
Minimize barriers to you acheving these (leverage technology and possibly an assistant), so you can focus on the big issues.

What do you think is the role of a policy debate coach?

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