National History Day Programs Work in any Classroom
In today’s educational climate, with so much pressure from outside the classroom, many teachers are wary of fitting anything else into their classroom curriculum. National History Day (NHD) is a program that can be integrated into any middle or high school level classroom. NHD is an outstanding example of project-based or inquiry-based learning. Educators who teach research skills, engage students in higher order thinking skills, and ask students to submit a project for assessment find NHD to be the perfect tool. NHD uses an annual theme to guide student research. This also provides a focus for teaching research and historical content in the classroom. Many teachers incorporate the theme into their everyday teaching, asking students to look for a relationship to the theme in each classroom lesson.
Summer Institutes: Beyond the contest, NHD strives to improve history education every day. In this section, learn about the Albert H. Small Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Student & Teacher Institute as well as the 2015 Understanding Sacrifice: ABMC Teacher Scholars.
Professional Development: NHD offers a variety of learning opportunities for teachers, students, and parents. Click here to learn more about our virtual offerings: the NHD graduate course, webinars, and Google+ Hangouts. Did you miss a webinar? Not a problem – we archive them here. We also present at conferences – watch for information here as well.
NoodleTools: NHD and NoodleTools partner together to bring teachers and students the opportunity to organize their research. Teachers can sign up and receive account access for all of their students to help complete their NHD projects. Noodle Tools can help students track their sources, take notes, organize their ideas, and create their annotated bibliographies. The program allows the teacher to see the progress the students have made and offer direct electronic feedback.
Resources: Find resources to help implement NHD in your classroom! This section contains classroom resources, links to research sites to help students get started, as well as resources to help teachers bring primary sources into their classroom every day. We have teaching resources for U.S. and world history classrooms, including our newest resource on World War I.