Re-creating the 1950s Mary Washington College Classroom
Everyone: develop a student (real or fictional), with a major, and career plans.
- Class Content: This group will work with Dr. McClurken to develop topic, class readings, activities(?), considering both the time period and ways to incorporate the other aspects of the research.
- Non-academic items: This group will come up with ideas for actual events, social activities, or other announcements to be made before or at the start of the class.
- Clothing/material items — This group will decide on a dress code and will determine period style items that students/faculty would have brought with them to class.
- Photo recreations — This group will pick out several 1950s MWC photos for the class to help recreate (perhaps with a modern version for comparison). Part of this process will be identifying likely locales/props.
- Recreate History class (4)
- Red Scare as topic?
- Recreate Education class
- Recreate Home Economics
- recreate scenes of photos from decade site — Sarah L.
- “have individual students dress as 1950′s students and take photographs of modern students imitating the pictures from 1950” OR have modern versions of the photographs– Katy
- Recreate Theater class (in the amphitheater) — Stephanie
- Senior Day? — Brooke
- One fun class and one serious class
- Separate reading days emerged in the early 1950s — Review class for the semester?
- Include veterans (a few) who were still around in early 1950s.
- “Maybe each person could pick a major, not necessarily the same one they’re pursuing now, and look through courses and make a list of classes they’ve already taken, then think of a reason why they’re taking the particular class we reenact. If that works, maybe the same can be done for extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, etc.) so that we each have a small built-in scenario we can play with and use to interact with each other; this could bring in the non-academic resources as naturally as possible.” — Carrie
- Students as students, McClurken as Professor
Working in non-academic items
- — “There can be discussions in class about things that are happening and perhaps announcements made at the beginning of class of things that are happening socially around campus.”–Carolyn
- — “I think the best way to do this would be to do what Dr. McClurken does at the beginning of our classes today: ask the class what they did over the weekend/ what their plans are for the week. Maybe there could be a dance or other social event coming up, or a new rule or privilege could have just been introduced. A short discussion at the beginning of class of the world outside academics would be a great way to give a little authenticity to the class and also work in the elements that are not purely academic.” — Grace
- “To work in the social aspects of MWC during the 1950s, we should definitely set up some “topics” that people should be discussing if they have a chance to chat, like the late-night fire drill, who stole the Goat flag and hid it, or how excited a senior was to finally live in Ball.”–Brooke
- Library — “ a handout, maybe – that would capture what using the library was like for students in the 50s. A guide to the Dewey Decimal System, how to use a card catalog. “
- Dress — General agreement that we should try to dress in 1950s style.
- Material Culture — books? Technology? Notepads