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State HD Orientation

  1. 1. History Day in Minnesota<br />Judge’s Orientation<br />
  2. 2. Thank you!<br />Thank you for answering the call to judging!<br />30,000 students<br />+ 12 regional events<br />+ 1 state event<br />= hundreds of volunteers!<br />
  3. 3. History Day<br /><ul><li>Five Categories</li></ul>Paper<br />Exhibit<br />Documentary<br />Performance<br />Website <br /><ul><li>Two Age Divisions
  4. 4. Junior (6-8 grade)
  5. 5. Senior (9-12 grade)
  6. 6. Annual Theme:</li></ul>Innovation in History: Impact and Change<br />
  7. 7. The Contest<br />School Events: 30,000 students<br />Take place in individual schools, organized by a lead teacher or coordinator—occur in February or March<br />Regional Events: 4,500 students<br />Defined by ECSU boundaries, contests occur throughout the month of March<br />State Event: 1,200 students<br />University of Minnesota, Twin Cities<br />May 1, 2010<br />National Event: <br />55 students <br />Univ. of MD, College Park<br />June 13-17, 2010<br />
  8. 8. Evaluation<br />Assessing History Day Entries<br />
  9. 9. Judge Ratings<br />History Day evaluates entries using the relative terms of: <br />“Good” <br />“Excellent” <br />“Superior”<br />The goal is to focus on the relative merits or areas for improvement in each entry.<br />In your set of evaluated projects, focus on ranking them against one another based on the provided criteria. <br />
  10. 10. Judging Criteria: Historical Quality<br />
  11. 11. Central Argument: The Thesis<br />Be wary of “if not for this, than that” analysis.<br />Are students giving their topic too much credit?<br />Have students supported their claims with evidence?<br />2009 Individual in History Example<br />
  12. 12. Central Argument: The Thesis<br /><ul><li>Look for a thesis statement that contains:
  13. 13. A connection to the annual theme
  14. 14. A clear argument that can be supported with evidence
  15. 15. A statement of impact</li></li></ul><li>Judging Criteria: Relation to Theme<br />Innovation in History: Impact and Change<br />
  16. 16. Innovation in History: Impact & Change<br /><ul><li>New for the first time, or as if for the first time
  17. 17. Inventions
  18. 18. Methods
  19. 19. Ideas
  20. 20. Consider innovative for its place and time
  21. 21. Peaceful protest: new places, new eras
  22. 22. Not a history of an invention (biography), but what is innovative and how it created impact </li></li></ul><li>Judging Criteria: Clarity of Presentation<br />
  23. 23. Judging Criteria: Rule Compliance<br />Exhibits<br />500 student-composed word limit<br />6’ tall, 40” wide, 30” deep<br />Performances<br />10 minutes in length<br />Documentaries<br />10 minutes in length<br />
  24. 24. That Empty Column<br />Through thoughtful comments you can: <br />Provide positive, but critical evaluation of each entry<br />Suggest improvements for future participation or other research projects<br />Support the students’ interest and encourage future research and study<br />[something positive]<br />You may want to…<br />Did you consider…<br />Other issues important to this topic are...<br />…would strengthen your bibliography.<br />…might help support your thesis.<br />[something positive]<br />
  25. 25. Final Checklist<br />Does the student’s work demonstrate historical research and scholarship?<br />Does the student present an argument about their stated connection to the theme “Innovation in History: Impact and Change” (thesis)?<br />(Remember, the student’s views may differ from your own, consider the evidence they have provided rather than their beliefs)<br />Is the student communicating his or her ideas in an organized and effective way?<br />Has this student done careful and reasoned work?<br />
  26. 26. Judging Process<br />History Day’s Contest Logistics<br />
  27. 27. Finding your Judging Location<br />Your judging location is noted at the top, left of your judging schedule next to your team number.<br />CMU: Coffman Memorial Union<br />Ford, Vincent, Murphy, and Kolthoff are located on the Northrop Mall. Exit CMU on the 1st floor, proceed over the Washington Ave. pedestrian bridge <br />
  28. 28. Begin with a Smile<br /><ul><li>Start with a smile and a handshake
  29. 29. Brief students on the judging process to set them at ease
  30. 30. Request copies of the student’s Process Paper and Bibliography
  31. 31. Performance and Documentary judges: Encourage students to begin their presentation set-up</li></li></ul><li>Read through the Research<br /><ul><li>Skim the student’s Process Paper and Bibliography
  32. 32. Note any questions you might have about their process or sources
  33. 33. Retain one copy of this paperwork for your team to use during the deliberation process</li></li></ul><li>View the Presentation<br /><ul><li>The judging rooms are open to the public
  34. 34. Exhibit Judges: Read the text of the display (students should not give you an oral presentation)
  35. 35. Performance and Documentary Judges: Give students the go-ahead to begin their introduction and presentation.
  36. 36. Performance and Documentary Judges: DO NOT start early
  37. 37. Take careful notes for reference during the deliberation and comment writing process </li></li></ul><li>Trouble Viewing the Presentation?<br />Technology Help: <br />Use the classroom phone to dial 6-2169<br />Provide your location and technology concerns<br />HD staff will notify the tech specialist <br />Other Viewing Issues: <br />6-2169 will connect you with the Judge Room staff<br />Bowling-shirted building coordinators are also standing by to provide logistical support<br />
  38. 38. Ask Questions<br /><ul><li>Asks students at MINIMUM 3 questions
  39. 39. About their topic
  40. 40. About their History Day journey
  41. 41. Clarification from the content or paperwork
  42. 42. Questions might include:
  43. 43. How did you choose your topic?
  44. 44. Which of your sources was most helpful?
  45. 45. What is the most interesting thing you learned?
  46. 46. What was the most challenging aspect of your History Day project and research?
  47. 47. Try to end the conversation with:
  48. 48. Is there anything else you would like to tell us that we haven’t thought to ask?
  49. 49. Do NOT use this time to:
  50. 50. Provide Feedback
  51. 51. Lecture the student about their topic
  52. 52. Tell the student how they stack up against the competition</li></li></ul><li>Discuss<br /><ul><li>After you have viewed all your projects, return to the judges’ room to discuss!
  53. 53. Avoid discussing projects in judging areas where students, teachers, and parents eagerly await your opinions
  54. 54. Make sure that all members of the judging team have room to offer their perspective and feel good about the final decision</li></li></ul><li>The BIG Decisions<br /><ul><li>BEFORE DRAFTING COMMENTS, determine which projects stand out as the strongest
  55. 55. Complete the provided Results Form (Order matters!)
  56. 56. Submit the Results Form to State History Day staff
  57. 57. A second round of judging will combine your results with other top projects from your category and determine who advances to nationals</li></li></ul><li>Draft your Comments<br /><ul><li>Each member of the judging team should write his or her own comments
  58. 58. Comments do not need to be identical, but should not be contradictory
  59. 59. Record check marks and an overall rating that demonstrate consensus on the student’s overall evaluation</li></li></ul><li>Submit the Paperwork<br />History Day professionals will be standing by to accept your paperwork. Please make sure you leave us your: <br /><ul><li> Contest Result Forms
  60. 60. Completed Comment Forms
  61. 61. Student Bibliographies
  62. 62. Unwanted event papers for recycling</li></li></ul><li>Box-less Box Lunches <br />Lunch will be available in the Servery.<br />Please limit your lunch to one of each item offered (two half-sandwiches count as ONE) <br />
  63. 63. Our Thanks<br />Your judge ribbon will earn you: <br />Food<br />Clothing<br />Shelter<br />Take your judge ribbon to our concession stand (ground level) and trade it in for a mug or T-shirt<br />
  64. 64. HAVE FUN!<br />