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2012 Judge Orientation

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  • 1. HISTORY DAY IN MINNESOTA Judge’s Orientation
  • 2. Thank you!
    • Thank you for answering the call to judging!
    • 30,000 students
    • + 13 regional events
    • + 1 state event
    • = hundreds of volunteers!
  • 3. History Day
    • Five Categories
      • Paper
      • Exhibit
      • Documentary
      • Performance
      • Website
    • Two Age Divisions
      • Junior (6-8 grade)
      • Senior (9-12 grade)
    • Annual Theme:
      • Revolution, Reaction, Reform
      • in History
  • 4. The Contest Regional Events: 4,500 students Defined by ECSU boundaries, contests occur throughout the month of March State Event: 1,200 students University of Minnesota, Twin Cities April 29, 2012 National Event: 55 students Univ. of MD, College Park June, 2012 School Events: 30,000 students Take place in individual schools, organized by a lead teacher or coordinator—occur in February or March
  • 5. EVALUATION Assessing History Day Entries
  • 6. Judge Ratings
    • History Day evaluates entries using the relative terms of:
      • “ Good”
      • “ Excellent”
      • “ Superior”
    • The goal is to focus on the relative merits or areas for improvement in each entry.
    • In your set of evaluated projects, focus on ranking them against one another based on the provided criteria.
  • 7. Judging Criteria: Historical Quality
  • 8. Judging Criteria: Relation to Theme Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History
  • 9. Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History
    • Revolution, Reaction and/OR Reform
    • “ in History” = proof of Historical Impact
  • 10. Judging Criteria: Clarity of Presentation
  • 11. Judging Criteria: Rule Compliance
    • Exhibits
      • 500 student-composed word limit
      • 6’ tall, 40” wide, 30” deep
    • Performances
      • 10 minutes in length
    • Documentaries
      • 10 minutes in length
  • 12. That Empty Column
    • Through thoughtful comments you can:
      • Provide positive, but critical evaluation of each entry
      • Suggest improvements for future participation or other research projects
      • Support the students’ interest and encourage future research and study
    [something positive] You may want to… Did you consider… Other issues important to this topic are... … would strengthen your bibliography. … might help support your thesis. [something positive]
  • 13. Final Checklist Does the student’s work demonstrate historical research and scholarship? Does the student present an argument about their connection to the theme “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History” (thesis)? (Remember, the student’s views may differ from your own, consider the evidence they have provided rather than their beliefs) Is the student communicating his or her ideas in an organized and effective way? Has this student done careful and reasoned work?
  • 14. JUDGING PROCESS History Day’s Contest Logistics
  • 15. Begin with a Smile
    • Start with a smile and a handshake
    • Brief students on the judging process to set them at ease
    • Request copies of the student’s Process Paper and Bibliography
    • Performance and Documentary judges: Encourage students to begin their presentation set-up
  • 16. Read through the Research
    • Skim the student’s Process Paper and Bibliography
    • Note any questions you might have about their process or sources
    • Retain one copy of this paperwork for your team to use during the deliberation process
  • 17. View the Presentation
    • The judging rooms are open to the public
    • Exhibit Judges: Read the text of the display (students should not give you an oral presentation)
    • Performance and Documentary Judges: Give students the go-ahead to begin their introduction and presentation.
    • Performance and Documentary Judges: DO NOT start early
    • Take careful notes for reference during the deliberation and comment writing process
  • 18. Ask Questions
    • Asks students at MINIMUM 3 questions
      • About their topic
      • About their History Day journey
      • Clarification from the content or paperwork
    • Questions might include:
      • How did you choose your topic?
      • Which of your sources was most helpful?
      • What is the most interesting thing you learned?
      • What was the most challenging aspect of your History Day project and research?
    • Try to end the conversation with:
      • Is there anything else you would like to tell us that we haven’t thought to ask?
    • Do NOT use this time to:
      • Provide Feedback
      • Lecture the student about their topic
      • Tell the student how they stack up against the competition
  • 19. Discuss
    • After you have viewed all your projects, return to the judges’ room to discuss
    • Avoid discussing projects in judging areas where students, teachers, and parents eagerly await your opinions
    • Make sure that all members of the judging team have room to offer their perspective and feel good about the final decision
  • 20. The BIG Decision
    • Before drafting comments, determine which projects stand out as the strongest
    • Exhibit Judges: Elect one judge to collaborate with other team representatives in viewing the category’s top entries and selecting the state qualifiers
    • Performance and Documentary Judges: Seek out the other teams reviewing the same category and discuss as a large group which projects should advance
  • 21. Draft your Comments
    • Each member of the judging team should write his or her own comments
    • Comments do not need to be identical, but should not be contradictory
    • Record check marks and an overall rating that demonstrate consensus on the student’s overall evaluation
  • 22. Did you Bring a Laptop?
    • When typing your comments:
      • Save all your comments as ONE document
      • Create one page for each project
      • Include the Teacher Number (located in the upper right corner of the comment forms)
      • Include the student(s) name(s) and project title
      • HD staff have a zip drive, once saved your comments will be printed and attached to the HD form
      • Note the original form with your check marks, overall rating, and a message about comments on the attached sheet.
  • 23. Submit the Paperwork
    • History Day professionals will be standing by to accept your paperwork. Please make sure you leave us your:
      • Contest Result Forms
      • Completed Comment Forms
      • Student Bibliographies (please separate those advancing to State from the stack)
      • Unwanted event papers for recycling
  • 24. Our Thanks
    • Your judge ribbon will earn you:
      • Food
      • Clothing
      • Shelter
    • Take your judge ribbon to our concession stand and trade it in for a mug or T-shirt
    • CEU’s are also available upon request