APUSH Grading in Louisville
I just returned home from grading AP U.S. History exams in Louisville, KY. It was 8 consecutive days of grading from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. It was intense. I graded one of four short answer questions on a scale of 1-3. Others graded longer essays, document based questions. We were organized into tables, with a Table Leader that trained us and encouraged us to share essays and help each other out. Each table had its own camaraderie. I got to know the guys at my table through conversations over meals, drinks, and general commiserating about the grading process.
It was a great experience that allowed to me to chat about history, teaching, and so much more with likeminded people. I met a lot of great folks and got to catch up with some old colleagues. This helped me learn a lot about history, teaching, evaluating, the structure of high school curriculum, and several other things. While the gig comes with a hefty paycheck and an all-expenses paid trip to Louisville, the best part was the people. I plan to return next year.