This paper will focus on ballots as pedagogical tools and discuss how we (and our students) can get the most out of them. It is easy for many students to become overwhelmed by the varied and disagreeable comments—or lack thereof ("Good job! 5-18")—they receive from judges, leading them to argue with ballots, rather than engage in constructive dialogue with them. This paper does not ask students to literally talk to their ballots; rather, it seeks to enable us to better serve our students by helping them find a more healthy and productive understanding of the ballot, its intended purpose, and how to effectively interpret and integrate the messages within.
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""I Got All Stupid Judges:" A Pedagogical Reframing of the Ballot as Friend, Not Foe,"
Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events: Vol. 5:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol5/iss1/11