Debate Roles :
Self Assessment (ME)
Peer Assessment (Huy)
Judge Assessment (Alina)
- From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.
The first thing I learned about debating is that when you stand up there, in front of the whole class trying to persuade them that nuclear energy is the better choice of energy… It get’s really difficult. The art of persuasion is not something you could master in a day or two, or 4 weeks. However, doing this project I got some feedbacks and responses from my friends, and I learned a few valuable lessons. First and most important, the counterclaims that you have in your speech shouldn’t list all the negative aspect of your topic. This was my first mistake, and when I read my speech out loud I felt my heart sinking slowly because of how pessimistic the energy look. It overshadowed my own supporting evidence. Secondly, when you read your speech out loud the confidence must show. I’m not confident standing in front of people. Not at all. My legs would start to tremble, my palm gets sweaty, and most of the time I just wanted to hide under the table. During the debate, I stood up and tried to focus my eyesight at something and continued looking up at that spot ( making it look like I held eye contact with someone ), and I tried my best to keep my voice steady and calm. Making it appear that I have control over myself and my topic.
- How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.
My topic had more cons than pro compared to the opposing team. It was fairly hard to establish credibility when you don’t have a lot of facts (since nuclear energy is expensive to produce and not a lot of people have massive information about it). But, if I had to think of a way to establish credibility then it would be to raise your own topic and lower the other teams topic. Easier said than done. This is the basic and most obvious way possible to establish credibility, but this doesn’t just depend on a person’s skill or luck, it also depends on the topic because some are easier to work with and some are harder to work with.
- What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?
I knew that there was a lot of stress when you go up to debate in the middle of the classroom, but it really did surprise me how much that amount of stress was. Other than that, there was being a judge. I expected that when you’re a judge in a debate, there would be a lot more arguing and disagreements in a conversation. But, when I was a judge that didn’t happen and everything went on pretty straightforward.
- What were you most proud of in your own debate?
I am most proud of my perseverance in my debate. The other team had 97 % chance of winning the debate, making it impossible for us to actually try to fight all that topics. So, I’m proud that I stood up there and tried to debate with the other group.
- What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?
I would not have written so negatively on my counterclaims. I would do more research on the other team’s topic. I would try my best to defend all the weak aspects of my topic. I would try to talk over with my partner to see what we could do, what we should do. There’s a lot of things I wished I could’ve redone, but it passed and I would have to argue with Ben and Phuong to settle out a score sometime in the future.