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Competition, Community, and Educational Growth

Contemporary Perspectives on Competitive Speech and Debate

Edited By Kristopher Copeland and Garret L. Castleberry

Competition, Community, and Educational Growth: Contemporary Perspectives on Competitive Speech and Debate is an up-to-date text providing informed academic thought concerning the impact of forensics. Its primary focus is to demonstrate how the forensic activity allows students to actively engage and learn outside the classroom. Specifically, Competition, Community, and Educational Growth focuses on how students educationally grow through the activity. The book frames methods and pedagogy as best practices to provide educational growth for students and explicitly connect learning outcomes for students. Coming from the perspective of higher educational instructors, the book provides insight beyond the high school experience. Competition, Community, and Educational Growth examines contemporary perspectives on competitive speech and debate theory, experience, and methods of instruction.

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Chapter 7: The Travel Agent, the Accountant, and the Paper Pusher: What Is a Speech Coach? (Connie McKee / Heather Goheen)

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CHAPTER   SEVEN

The Travel Agent, the Accountant, and the Paper Pusher: What Is a Speech Coach?

CONNIE MCKEE AND HEATHER GOHEEN

 

It takes a special person to be a speech coach. A speech coach is not just a “professor” because teaching is only one aspect of the job. Of course, being a good professor is important and takes hours of work, but the real hours of the job begin when the business hours in academia end. Building and maintaining a team takes many skills that are not regularly included in the normal role of a professor. Coaches must wear many hats due to time spent with students outside of the classroom. A coach will assume the role of the team’s travel agent by reserving rental cars, making hotel reservations, and scoping out locations for meals. A coach is an accountant who must carefully manage budgets that are often far too small. The paperwork that comes with being a coach is detailed and tedious. Keeping up with receipts and being able to account for all funds is often complex.

A coach works with students by helping them find literature that they enjoy, and then teaching them how to determine why it communicates significance in their lives. A coach helps students develop speeches that can change lives, and quietly supports them as they take a risk when spreading their message to an audience. A coach is a referee,...

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