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Skype session with another team for interview/speech?

Take objective tests and compare scores with another team that took those same tests?

This is where knowing coaches in other schools is handy...
Thanks everyone for the information.  We found out that we are the only full team in the state and the only other team to participate only has one student.  Pretty discouraged for the future but my team is working hard to do well at Nationals.  Actually, I'd love to get some feedback on how to motivate a team who won't see physical competition until Nationals.  The team might not even do interviews and give speeches in front of real judges until April.
General Discussion / Re: Hey, Coaches!
« Last post by zzzptm on December 30, 2019, 08:41:57 AM »
Hi, this is Vicki Rowe from Taylor High School in Taylor, Texas.  I would love to join the coaches' group.  Thank you!

You are all set up. :)
General Discussion / Re: Hey, Coaches!
« Last post by vrowe on December 28, 2019, 04:12:21 PM »
Hi, this is Vicki Rowe from Taylor High School in Taylor, Texas.  I would love to join the coaches' group.  Thank you!
General Discussion / Re: Which themes do you like best?
« Last post by zzzptm on December 26, 2019, 10:12:54 AM »
When I competed in 85-86, the superquiz topic was "immigration" and that was before there was a tighter integration with the rest of the curriculum, so it was meh. History was WW2, literature was Cry, the Beloved Country, and art was (I think) Primitivism.

When I was coaching, my first year 03-04 was Lewis and Clark for history/SQ. Science was Botany. We had to stop playing the Ken Burns L&C documentary because we ALL kept falling asleep during it.

04-05 was "Ancient World" and was pretty much forgettable. I had to look it up to see what the specifics were.

05-06 was Renaissance, that was more fun. Still too general for my taste.

06-07 was China, and I absolutely loved that year, in spite of the Chinese Opera song in music, lolz. Civil War and Mexico followed and both of those I consider to be regional topics instead of general period topics. Civil War *does* go with a period, but also a region, so it's tight enough to be properly digestible. French Revolution followed and then Great Depression, which, like the Civil War, were focused enough to be another pair of great years.

Imperialism disappointed me, but Russia came back to win my heart. Great fun with that topic.

And then I went back to private industry, so I leave off there.

General Discussion / Re: Which themes do you like best?
« Last post by Dan on December 25, 2019, 11:42:51 AM »
Not certain if your question is rhetorical,but I haven't been at this long enough to categorize. I really liked Africa but India, not so much. I don't even recall the theme prior to India. I really enjoyed WWII and 60's,  but this year is a bit hard for me to get excited about. I tend to think the economics is more relevent this year, though. I wish the resource guides would be a bit more interesting with the math sections. I would like to see the math tests complement science a bit more like the way the social science and literature complement one another.
General Discussion / Happy Holidays 2019!
« Last post by zzzptm on December 25, 2019, 09:17:41 AM »
For me, it's Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I'm taking 2 weeks of PTO, so I'm doing the holidays, teacher style!  :yes:

I plan to be at home today on Christmas. I'm old enough to where I've got kids coming back home to see me.  :smug:

Next week, the missus and I plan to waltz across Texas to visit old friends. Old because we've known them for ages, not because we're all of advanced ages...

May you and yours all have a satisfactory (or exceeds expectations) holiday. No pressure to amaze, because we all know how important it is to recharge our batteries!
Competitions and Scores / Re: Round 1 2020
« Last post by Dan on December 15, 2019, 10:32:43 PM »
Bandera Invitational Round 1 Large Schools

Brandeis, San Antonio           13148.57 didn't field a full team
Clark, San Antonio                   18094.28
Early College, San Antonio           13862.86 only their second year
Holmes, San Antonio                   16660.0
John Jay, San Antonio                   14997.14
Judson, San Antonio                   12311.43 only their second year
LaPorte, LaPorte                           17571.43
Marshall, San Antonio                  30511.43 Mighty impressive
Robert Vela, Edinberg                   16537.14
Stevens, San Antonio            13314.28 didn't field a full team
Taft, San Antonio                   15688.57
Warren, San Antonio                   21694.28
Health Careers, San Antonio      25117.14
Competitions and Scores / Re: Round 1 2020
« Last post by Dan on December 15, 2019, 09:43:00 PM »
Small and Medium Schools at Bandera Invitational

AC Jones, Beeville   16948.57   
Alice, Alice     20482.86   
Bandera, Bandera   22708.57   
Fox Tech, SAISD   12771.43   
Liberty, Houston    17465.71   
Mary Carroll, Corpus Christi   15314.29   
Sinton, Sinton   14874.29   
Southwest, San Antonio   14005.71   
Tuloso-Midway, Corpus Christi   16631.43   
Veterans, San Antonio   15808.57 only their second year
Wagner, San Antonio   14880.0   only their second year
Young Womans Leadership Academy, SAT   8382.86   no varsity small team - great bunch

I will try to get the large school scores posted soon.
General Discussion / Which themes do you like best?
« Last post by zzzptm on December 08, 2019, 12:40:29 PM »
Geographic or conceptual?

If I have to choose, I go with geographic. Those are the ones I've used the most in real life, as it were. :) And of them, it's the Art, Music, and History that provided the most benefits. Lang&Lit is nice, but those works are more point-in-time comments, while the art and music remain relevant in popular culture.

Science is always fun, and I don't think that it necessarily has to be linked to the theme, but it helps when it does. Great Depression with geology, for example, was perfect. But if there's no big connection, there shouldn't be an attempt to force one.

Economics and Math can pretty much be the same every year or on a 4-year repeating cycle and I don't think anyone would care if they were theme-linked or not.
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