Let the Grading Frenzy Begin!

Discussion in all classes this week…readings and documents on the 1920s and 1930s in HST 2202, presentation on Gerald Eggert’s Iron Industry in Pennsylvania in HST 4401, and presentation on Joseph Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin’s Forgotten Allies:  The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution in HST 3303.  The assessments included discussion summaries in HST 2202, quizzes and book reviews in HST 3303, and book reviews in HST 4401.  Then, on Thursday and Friday, the research paper drafts arrived in HST 4401 and HST 3303 (and students were warned that if they did not bring completed 15 page drafts they should bring withdrawal slips, because they would not pass the course).  So the purple grading pen definitely will be getting a workout over the next week, especially since students will be submitting second exams starting on Monday.

In addition to providing me with work (whoever thinks college professors only work 15-20 hours per week should spend a week shadowing me), each class experienced the joy of audio-visual enhancement of the course content (HST 3303 finished 1776 on Monday; HST 2202 viewed selected Disney wartime cartoons on Wednesday as we discussed wartime propaganda, and HST 4401 watched The Valley That Changed the World about the early oil industry in Pennsylvania).  Because the discussion of Eggert’s book did not last the entire class period, I showed photos of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site as an example of an 18th/19th century iron plantation/ironmaking community.

Other than that, this week saw the last two student teaching orientation visits:  one with an experienced cooperating teacher who already is impressed with her student teacher, and the other with a former student who has her first student teacher.  We also had the accreditation visit from the regional accrediting agency, and as the History program’s assessment coordinator, I (along with other programs’ assessment coordinators) met with a member of the visiting team.

Meanwhile, here is a sample of some of my scholars’ writings on their research paper drafts (I have already started a list of key issues to share with the classes when I return the rough drafts Wednesday and Thursday, respectively):

British military personal were matching uniforms and often held dinners and balls throughout the Revolutionary war.

With the years to follow he died in the opening of parliament in London of a blood disorder.

The Colonists began to break rules such as crossing the proclamation line that claimed the land west of the Mississippi river is reserved for the Indians.

In late 1774 after the battle of Lexington militias began forming all throughout the American colonies.

Grenville claims the Stamp duties are least exceptionable because it deals with fewer officers and the kicker is it collects itself.

And from the book reviews:

Alcohol provided another way that they could connect with the spirits.

However, despite how concise and nearly historically accurate that the narrative is, it really is a good read and does indeed show this authors’ excitement of this point in history.

Although the book is a total of 434 pages, only 323 pages of it are actually content, the rest is merely endnotes.

This coming week will involve grading exams, observing student teachers, and correcting rough drafts–plus a bit of teaching and class discussion.  Finally, the photo of the week (one of the photos shown from Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site):

Blog author as costumed interpreter at Hopewell Village NHS in 1984. Students commented that I looked younger back then.


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History Professor. Baseball fan. Author of two books, one of which I force my students to buy and read. You want me on your Trivial Pursuit team.
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