Parliamentary Procedure is an event that is often avoided by
HOSA advisors and yet can provide the most comprehensive, long-term
benefits for student participants.
Here is what students gain
from participation in this event:
- Basic knowledge of parliamentary procedure they will use in
church, clubs and business meetings for the rest of their lives.
- A real “team” experience.
- Practice in thinking, speaking and debating.
- Participation in a democratic process that:
- Enables a group to transact business with speed and efficiency.
- Protects the rights of each individual.
- Preserves a spirit of harmony within the group.
After only three days in the classroom, students will be able
to demonstrate basic parliamentary procedure skills!
Divide students into two
or three classroom teams of five - eight members per team. Ideally,
the teacher should create the teams to provide diversity and
balance among team members. Post the teams before the lesson
begins, and have students sit with their team members. For the
next three days – they’re
- Give each student a
parliamentary procedure information
packet that includes the HOSA event guidelines
and instructional materials.
- Explain the three day
- Introduce students to
parliamentary procedure using the “Parliamentary
- Instruct students to select
team officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer,
and Program Committee Chairperson.
- Have students review the
process and materials.
- Allow students the entire class period to practice.
- Remind them to wear “business attire” for
their demonstration the following day.
- Identify the judges. Invite an alumni member, business professional,
or school administrator to be one of the judges. Allow each team
to select a team member to serve as a judge. The HSTE teacher
should also serve as a judge.
- Randomly draw order of performance.
- Write two-three secret problems (depending upon the number
of teams). Give each team a different problem and give them five
minutes to discuss the problem. Once the time is up, non-competing
teams should NOT discuss their problem further, but rather should
pay attention to the performance of other teams.
- Allow teams to present their meeting.
- Debrief the experience with the class.