46 How to Win Debate 5 Keys to Excellent Argumentation

April 26, 2017

Mr. Hauger’s Five Keys to Winning Debate


You LOSE if

You WIN if

  1. You don’t listen
  2. You get angry
  3. You get ugly
  4. You get off track
  5. You’re unorganized
  1. You listen AND cite faults
  2. You keep your cool
  3. You stay respectful
  4. You stay focused
  5. You sign-post


Move from left (losing) to right (winning) by following the 5 keys! (Copyright Danny Hauger 2017)

  1. Listening critically (not just waiting to speak) will give you fuel to respond effectively.
  2. Staying composed displays your logical strength better than the volume of your voice.
  3. Respectful people are viewed favorably by judges and the audience. Stay cool!
  4. When you’re focused, you won’t be distracted by shiny distractions. Stay on topic.
  5. Point out and order the opposition’s arguments, then take them down point by point.

43 Playing Password as a Classroom Game to Learn Vocabulary

April 18, 2017

I love using games to help learn or develop a fun atmosphere in the classroom. I believe that teachers (including myself) should always be striving to make the classroom more dynamic and playing games like password liven up the classroom and still require students to think and participate critically which can help in learning vocabulary or just enjoying a moment with other students collaborating.

The rules I play with are:
1. Students may only give one-word clues.
2. No names
3. No gestures.

You can make your own rules as well! Leave a comment with questions or suggestions on how your classroom games enhance your learning environment!

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32 Five Steps Towards Making an Elevator Pitch Speech with Great Content

January 30, 2017

Elevator pitches should be less than one minute, and layout your best and brightest points. Follow these five steps for effective speakers and find yourself impressing more people at work, school, or in everyday life.

STEP 1: Write down everything on your mind that you want to discuss (Brainstorming key notes)
STEP 2: Cut out the filler. Make short and powerful sentences. Eliminate unnecessary words.
STEP 3: Connect the phrases to each other. Your elevator address has to flow naturally and smoothly. Don't rush.
STEP 4: Memorize key points and practice.
STEP 5: Have you really answered the key question of your listener: What's In It For Me? If not, revise!

I couple these tips with an assignment I call radio roundup, where students select a historical person or vocabulary word to research and write a one minute speech. We record them using the free program audacity and the students enjoy practicing and improving their vocal presentation skills. We focus on writing and delivering great content in an engaging way. These five speaking tips will help your content standout in a short speech.

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Ep. 15 Peaceful Transition of Power

October 22, 2016
Ep. #15: President George H.W. Bush's classic and classy note to President Bill Clinton has re-surfaced this week and is giving millions of Americans a great example of how to gracefully accept and welcome someone new into office. It was enough reason to sit down with my class and talk about how important it is to win or lose gracefully, whether its in class, sports, games, or elected office. Whichever party enters, we should remember to be united as one nation, and even more, one human race. I am pleased that my students this year have demonstrated a clear understanding of how to have a respectful, open-minded conversation, and think for themselves, with a basis in reason, fact, and enlightened opinion.
Have a great week everyone!
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Introducing the Hauger History Class Podcast

August 11, 2016

Mr. Hauger introduces the History Class Podcasts. The first and only podcast for students, by students! Students will develop speaking, writing, and broadcast presentation skills, making great content that is informational and fun. Content will range from 6th grade (early hominids), 7th grade (fall of the Roman Empire), and 8th grade (founding of the colonies). Follow us on Twitter @HistoryClassPod

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