Huffington Post - Education
September 29th, 2014
Speech Professor Tammy Voigt is a favorite among students at Indiana
University Southeast. With a rare 5.0 score on RateMyProfessors.com,
it's no wonder undergrads flock to her classes, but even this veteran
instructor can still be surprised by her students now and then.
level speech class, SP 324 -- Persuasion, has always opened with a
warm-up speech. The goal for this assignment is for students to use the
persuasive techniques that come naturally to them prior to diving into a
curriculum of theory and techniques to identify where they could
improve their rhetorical skills. In the past, these speeches were
hypothetical in nature ("What would you do with a million dollars?"),
which never seemed to be fully effective -- students were not personally
invested in the process (beyond a letter grade), nor did it feel "real"
So this year, Professor Voigt asked each student to
bring in one dollar, which was put into an envelope, then she added a
few bucks to round up to $25. This time, it was real money -- their
money -- on the table. The assignment was for each student to present a
persuasive discourse about why he or she deserved the cash, with the
class voting and the winning speaker getting it all (and no, no one was
allowed to vote for themselves).