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Judging Workshop Key Member Presentation 1 2 3 4
What are we going to do? • Introduction • Group Energizer • “What are you looking for?” • Get to know your apple • Writing Reasons • Conclusion • Questions
Would you rather…? • Think about the two scenarios presented to you and decide which you’d rather have. • If you’ve thought of one… put up your hand!
What are you looking for? • Take one of the objects and write down the ideal characteristics of the item you picked. • For example: If you picked a pen, ideally it should not broken, it should have a smooth surface, it should make clean lines on paper, etc…
Why does it matter? • The foundation of judging is based on trying to picture the ideal characteristics of an object being presented. • We get lots of practice, because we do it every day. Think about digging through a bowl of cherries – do you eat the ones that are rotting? How about going for the biggest cookie?
Get to Know Your Apple • Examine your apple and pick out the details. • How is it shaped? • Does it have any bumps? • Is the stem centered?
Apple Jumble! • Think you know your apple? • Could you find it with your eyes closed? • Try to remember all the features you felt on your apple as you feel the other apples. Once you are sure it’s yours, remove it from the pile.
The Perfect • Let’s brainstorm what the ideal apple would look like focusing on colouring, shape, symmetry, texture, etc. • As a group, can you decide which apple best fits the characteristics we just brainstormed?
Comparative Words When describing what you are looking at: • Avoid using words like good, better, best, nice, etc. • Opt for positive words like bigger, smaller, long, taller, shorter, smoother, flatter, straighter, wider, etc. • Avoid negative words like weaker, fatter & skinnier.
Writing Reasons • Fill out the cards as directed by the competition you are attending. • Under the reason section start out with “I placed this class of apples 4, 3, 2, 1.” (numbers may vary)
Explaining Yourself • Once you have made your initial numbers placing, you will need to back it up with evidence you observed from the items you are judging. • “I placed 4 over 3 because…” • “I placed 3 over 2 because…” • “I placed 1 over 2 because…” • “For these reasons I placed this class4, 3, 2, 1.”(numbers may vary)
Conclusion • The more you judge, the easier you will find it becomes. • Remember, judging is not all new to you – it’s something that you do everyday when you make a decision. • Pay attention to key words and try to use them when writing your reasons.