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 Ronan Berger        Zach Robinson

Public Speaking & Model UN - Middle School
Ages 11-13
contact to join the High School level class if you are experienced in MUN

Additional Fees:  Conference Registration Fees (normally about $40-$60), depending on the number of conferences each student chooses to attend.  Students can choose from several different conferences, or they can continue to practice debate in the classroom and not attend outside conferences.   Students can work on fundraising at HuckleBerry to offset costs for attending conferences.

Students that attend debates outside of HuckleBerry will be required to wear business attire.

Model UN is one of the best incubators of critical thinking that I've had the pleasure of being a part of.  In this class, we look at problems that exist on the world stage and seek to find collaborative solutions.
This class is both a Public Speaking class and a Model UN class!  Students will start with performing famous speeches to work on technique, and then will learn to write their own speeches and present them in class and in debates.

We start this class learning basic skills that are more like life skills than anything else:
- active listening.  It's HARD to listen to other people and truly understand what they are saying without planning your retort!   We play games to make sure we are engaged in active listening first, and rebutting second.
- research / forming an opinion or solution!  It seems like an easy skill that your child probably already possesses, but these are opinions about world issues.  So we do the research to see what's happening, what our assigned country is doing about the problem, and form an opinion about what solutions would work best on the world stage.
- public speaking / respectful disagreement.  Of course, it's debate!  So we are teaching how to disagree in this class!  But debate is always respectful.   We learn ways to disagree and collaborate.   We learn to let someone else be right, but also to add in another aspect of a problem.   We learn ways to help move an idea forward in ways that people can listen to and agree.
- collaboration.   Ultimately this is the only way to "win" in Model UN debates.  You must find ways to get others to agree with your solutions

This is NOT a class about politics!   In Model UN, the class is given a global issue to research, debate and create solutions to present to a group, and then vote on the merits of each solution that is presented.   Love what the UN does?   This class can help you understand how they do their work.   DON'T LOVE what the UN does?   This class will help you understand where the UN is broken, and what some countries are doing to try to fix, or move away from, the work that the UN is tackling.   Either way, students will understand the complexities of global issues, AND they will work to understand solutions that have either already been suggested, or they will create their own!   Students work together as a small team or individually to represent a country, and then get to work understanding a global issue, their countries current response to the issue, and solutions that they think help to solve the issue. 


Issues we have tackled include:  Making primary education accessible to all, global climate change, globalization, access to clean water, refugee crises and more!   We will take on issues that the UN has already ruled on, or may be dealing with right now.  We will learn how to present ideas fully and persuasively, practice public speaking and logic, along with learning UN Debate procedures.  Some students will feel comfortable being very vocal while debating the issue, and others will not.  The forum for these events provides opportunities for all types of learners.   Some students will shine in moderated debates where rules of procedure are in play, while others will prefer the unmoderated debates where they can meet with any team member and work to create collaborative solutions.  Some will prefer to research while others will prefer to present.  Either way, everyone will learn geography, economic terms, current issues, how to research, public speaking and how to write a position paper.


Crisis Committee sessions will not be available to our Middle Schoolers.


Stephanie Berry

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