Deadline extended! :D

Good morning, friends!

So apparently from some chatter I’m hearing, I’m not alone in the “how is summer almost over and fall is sneaking up on me” camp! 😀

For this reason, I’m extending the deadline to enroll in our policy debate course, starting in September!

Since I’m doing a later start date (normally class starts in August, but not this year), the new deadline is now August 16th.  That’s almost an extra month to get those debate ducks in a row.

So pass the word along!  And don’t forget about our new referral program!

Looking forward to seeing you and yours this fall!

Here’s the enrollment form, btw… 🙂


NEW: Referral & Loyalty Program!


Summer is underway… and that means that a lot of the homeschool community is looking ahead to fall!  (Always something, right? Ha!)

For those of you who are looking into taking my debate course as a stand alone class or as a way to join our AMAZING Upstate Area Debate Club, I’d like to introduce this summer’s new Referral and Loyalty Program!

What does it mean?

Well, if you have a student who is taking our Policy Debate class this fall and you refer other families that also decide to enroll for our 2019 class… you get a 10% discount per family!  So, your sister’s two daughters enroll with yours? 10% for the family!  Your neighbor’s son enrolls as well?  That’s an additional 10%!  Keep doing the family math, and this can add to a good chunk off of your family’s own tuition!

Also, families that have already had some kiddos in our debate courses?  I didn’t forget about you!  As a way of saying THANK YOU– for valuing communication, homeschooling, and our debate community– I want to offer YOU 10% off of your tuition for your up-and-coming communicators!

Please share the word with your family and friends!  Teaching our children to communicate well and to be able to “give an answer” to people who are curious about their hope and beliefs is so important!  It always has been– but I believe it is even more so now!

Have a wonderful summer, and I cannot wait to see the students that comprise our Fall 2019 class!

Enrollment open for Fall 2019

It’s that time of year again!  Now that the 2018-2019 school year is coming to a close, we are already shifting our sights for planning for the fall!

Here is the enrollment form for the 2019 year: POP 2019 enrollment form.  (It will also be found under the “enrollment” tab.

Last year, I offered a hybrid version of the class– with the option of being able to watch (live or later) the week’s lecture and submitting assignments online.  That option is still available, for those interested.  If that’s you, shoot me an email to the address that you’ll find on the enrollment form.  Note: the students will still need to come to class for the actual debate weeks, which will be no more than 2 weeks for the semester.

We are in the process of finding a new facility for this fall, which is why you will see a TBA on the form.  We are looking at a location that is closer to the Easley side of Greenville, versus the downtown or Taylor’s side, if knowing that helps you until we make the change “official.”

One more change to the class format this year… You’ll see we start the first week of September, and go through mid November, but we have 9 classes.  This is because we will be having a 3 week on, 1 week off schedule.  This week off is designed to allow the students to have an extra week to process and apply what they are learning, give them extra time to discuss and meet with partners, etc., as well as give them some breathing room to do research without feeling time-crunched.  I’m hoping it will be a new change that proves helpful for everyone. 🙂

I’m looking forward to seeing the students that God will bring together for the 2019-2020 school season!


Hey guys!

CONGRATULATIONS!  You MADE it!  I know for some of you, you had serious questions about whether or not you’d be able to get on your feet and actually get through a round… but look at you!  You got through TWO!  That, in and of itself, is something to be proud of!

You aren’t over with the class quite yet, though!  On Wednesday, November 21st, your final debate portfolio is due by midnight.  That is your last, comprehensive grade for the class.

Here’s what is required:

  1. Finalized, IMPROVED, 1AC.  Everyone should turn in the case they originally wrote and worked on.  For those of you whose cases were used and worked on for debate rounds as well, put “USED for DEBATE” at the top of the case.
  2. Your evidence.  It needs to be cards and evidence that you have personally collected throughout the semester.  I want to see at least 15 cards/pieces of evidence.  (15 cards = C.)  You can use evidence that you have previously submitted for homework assignments.  Make sure the evidence is clearly marked AFF and NEG where those pieces of evidence begin, especially if all of your evidence is in one document.  If you have AFF evidence in one document and NEG in the other, just make sure that the title of the documents tell me which type it is.
  3. Debate essay: For additional credit, write an (at least) one page essay telling me what you felt was the biggest lesson that learning debate taught you… including how you felt you grew as a student and as an individual.

Okay, I think that’s it!  I’ll be looking forward to receiving your portfolios!  Also, I will be scanning and sending the debate ballots out, so be looking for those in your inboxes. 🙂

Thanks for the great semester, and I look forward to seeing MANY of you in club come January! 🙂

10.31.18: Week Six Homework

Alright friends!  Check with your parents this week, as I sent them an email with a LOT of information, including information about our debate week on the 14th AND the practice event extra credit and how to sign up for that!

This week’s homework is…


Observations: Continue to work with your debate partner and discuss whose case will be used for the rounds, etc. Compare evidence and figure out where research holes are. Divide the remaining research work and begin plugging in case/evidence problems.

Hand-in work: Email me your revised 1AC that you finished last week.  Label it AFF CASE 2ND DRAFT in the subject line. 🙂  Have this email be separate from the second part of the Hand-in work below. 🙂
Write down 1) whose case will be used 2) what holes you found 3) who filled which holes and 4) what you expect out of a good debate partner and 5) how you will be a good debate partner.  Title this email CASE DECISION AND PARTNER INFO.

Also, please remember that you will be turning in your finalized 1AC (complete with intro, transitions, and conclusion) and negative briefs ONE WEEK after the tournament (November 21st), so keep that in mind as you work with your partner and save the evidence you find. 🙂

10.24.18: Week Five Homework

Hey friends!

Homework for this week is super simple:

  1. If you haven’t found a partner yet, this week is the time!  Figure out who your partner is. 🙂  I’m pretty sure all of you have one at this point… but just in case.
  2. Talk with your partner (phone, in person, google hangout, whatever…) and figure out which Aff case you want to go with, if you are still on the fence.  Figure out which one is stronger, easier to argue, and also can have the most evidence to support it.  You will be working together to find even more evidence, but you want to know that you can find it fairly easily.  So the more complicated/confusing the plan, the harder that will be.
  3. Continue to look up more evidence for the case you have decided on, but also Negative.  You will not be turning it in this week, but add it to the evidence you have saved and collected throughout the semester, as you will be turning in all of your evidence at the end of the semester.
  4. Reading: review chapters 7 & 8 that you read last week

This week coming up will be a little different!  YOU guys get to start getting up next week!  Whoop whoop!

10.17.18: Week Four Homework

Congrats on getting that first rough draft of your 1AC done! I know it is overwhelming– the start of something always is– but if you guys keep at it, I know that those cases will finish flushing themselves out over the next couple of weeks!

(Those of you who are behind, due to missing class, starting late, etc., do your best to pick up the pace here. We don’t want to leave you 1AC-less!)


1) Watch this youtube clip on flowing:
2) Flow your aff case into the 1AC column, then flow your arguments against your aff case into the next column.

Hand-in work:
1) Turn in your flow sheet.
2) Revise your 1AC based upon the arguments you thought of against it.  Bring 2 copies of your case to class.  Review the attached template of last week’s homework assignment and make sure those revised cases follow the structure. Also, include the “extras” this week, such as transitions and intros and conclusions.🙂

Have a great week tweaking those cases! 🙂

Reading homework: chapter 7 & 8