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In order to help connect teachers to other teachers using National History Day, the Master Teacher Network highlights educators around the state that use the program in different ways.

 

Teacher: Connie Miller

Private School
Urban
National History Day is a required class assignment and integrated into the curriculum.
Contact Connie Miller.

Teacher Insights

What do you see as the benefits of participating in History Day with your students?

The benefits of participating in the History Day competition are great. The preparation can be geared to any kind of student, whether gifted or average. It allows students to research a topic they are genuinely interested in, and the process teaches many research skills as well as critical thinking skills. Each student ends up with a real sense of accomplishment when their project is finished and they present it before judges.

What would you tell teachers that are either new to the program or are considering getting involved?

I jumped into it my first year of teaching with 17 students. Although it required extra time on my part, it was very invigorating and challenging for me as a teacher. For those who feel their workload is too heavy to incorporate it into the curriculum, a good way to start would be a History Club, and begin learning the process with just a few students. Once a teacher goes through the process once, he/she will then have a better idea of how to fit it into their schedule.

Do you have any exceptional History Day stories?

The people my students have had a chance to interview as part of the research process have been extraordinary. They’ve included veterans, lawyers, judges, senators, and many others. It can be a remarkable experience for students.

Teacher: Sr. Mary Aloyse Gerhardstein

Private School
Urban
National History Day is a required class assignment and integrated into the curriculum.
Contact Sr. Mary Aloyse Gerhardstein.

Teacher Insights

What do you see as the benefits of participating in History Day with your students?

History Day gives me an excellent opportunity to present to the students:
-how to do historical research
-the difference between primary and secondary sources
-the importance of primary sources
-how to write an annotated bibliography
-the need to present a paper and bibliography as perfect as possible
-how to conduct an interview
-how to defend a statement
-how to work in a group
-the opportunity to participate in a statewide/national activity

What would you tell teachers that are either new to the program or are considering getting involved?

-Start the project early - especially choosing a topic.
-Understand that a great deal of extra, after school time is involved, but it's worth it.
-Involve the parents early - make sure they know the topic chosen, they will need to help transport students to research sites, museums, libraries.