Classes are designed to introduce students to critical thinking and formats for communicating those thoughts in an organized manner. Students become confident speakers who learn to use effective delivery skills.
Introducing and strengthening debate skills that are applied to a wide variety of topics. Debate activities support the development of strong critical thinking skills, due to the requirement that each student be prepared to debate for or against any given topic. Students will learn to confidently present well-research arguments and practice artful speaking skills.
Current Event Investigators
We introduce younger elementary students to speech and debate through creating STEAM project presentations based on current event topics. Students will learn Spontaneous Argumentation which teaches them the art of organizing and communicating their perspective on a topic.
Each week there is a new theme that both morning and afternoon sessions will follow. Both sessions are meant to work together to provide students with a deep understanding of the theme, learning different communication skills and applying those skills using different debate styles. Click Summer Camp to learn more!
We believe student participation in speech and debate tournaments provides a pathway to connect to a unique learning community that can result in lifelong relationships.
Upcoming Tournaments Spring 2019 (more coming soon!)
October 12th - Claremont, CA Tournament-High School at Claremont High School
November 16th - Cogito Turkey Talk - Elementary School & Middle School - at Cogito Debate
Cogito Debate offers students enrolled in current or past SpAr classes the opportunity to participate in an Intramural Tournament to experience using skills learned at a competitive event.
Skills Builder Workshop
Cogito Skills Builder Workshops are short form classes designed to expose students to special subjects in speech and debate. Classes are created to enhance students’ ability to communicate with an audience through their speaking skills.
Spontaneous Argumentation (SpAr) is considered to be both a speech and debate event. In SpAr debate evidence is not required, as topics require only common sense, and critical thinking, however, some in-class activities and or homework may request students to gather evidence and create broad outlines on what is considered credible evidence. Active listening, persuasiveness and delivery skills will be discussed as additional important components of SpAr debate.
Cogito Fallacies Skills Builder class is created as a class for critical thinking when evaluating communication. Although it is useful for Debate students, it is also valuable for any student who is developing their critical thinking and active listening skills. Fallacies Skills Builder combines learning about some of the common fallacies, analyzing communication to learn how to find fallacies, and working as a group to create a media campaign based on fallacies.
TED Talks is an introductory level class for upper elementary and middle school students. During the TED Talks Skills Builder Class, students will have the opportunity to watch and evaluate TED Talks, identify some of the key elements of what make TED Talks effective, and write their own TED-style speech. In addition to learning about TED Talks, students will learn about how TED Talks have changed the paradigm of public speeches, and the expectations that audiences have about a speech.,
Cogito Debate offers classes at various locations throughout California. Contact us as to help you find a location that works for your student.
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