Advice from experienced teachers...
"Don't underestimate what your students can do and don't be afraid to push them a little bit more."
"Plan for lots of time and drafting!"
"Keep in contact with parents."
"Don't be afraid to ask for help."
"Enlist the help of your librarian."
"Build enthusiasm among the staff."
"Start early and have a very strict deadlines!"
What are the basics of judging?
We have a page on this site that talks you through all of the details of being judged, but sometimes that information can be overwhelming for teacher's just starting out. This is what you really need to know in order to get going.
- The topic chosen is historical-- meaning 20 years or older.
- The thesis is clearly articulated, relates to the theme, and is proven.
- The projects have proper citation-- and specifically students can explain why each source was helpful in their research process.
- The projects are made by students and reflect their own work.
- There is a 500 word limit in the exhibit category. This limit applies to the students own words. However, students should avoid quoting secondary sources and do the analysis themselves. Primary source quotes should be used to support the student's argument.
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