The Secret to Happy, Productive Students is…
Implementing Projects in Your U.S. History Classroom
These ready-to-use projects can be used to expand your lesson plans and spice up your curriculum – starting tomorrow!
Why Project-Based Learning?
Much of what happens in today’s classroom is determined by the standardized tests students take at the end of each school year.
The result? Many teachers feel the need to adhere to dry, textbook-based curricula in order to cover everything.
However, countless studies have shown that active learning increases both short- and long-term retention of knowledge.
This Website Will Give You the Tools You Need to:
- Implement Projects in Your Classroom
From meeting with parents to reporting progress toward standards, teachers have enough responsibilities. Implementing activities should be simple and fun.
- Promote Teamwork and Personal Growth
Alternative forms of education allow students to learn while developing other skills that help them become well-rounded individuals. Watch as even difficult students engage with your content.
- Develop Stronger Relationships with Students
Earn the respect and recognition you deserve by shifting the mood of your classroom from command-and-conquer to interactive and participatory.
- Encourage Creativity Among Students
Students have different learning styles. Some thrive in a “memorize the textbook” setting, but projects encourage all to use their speaking, artistic, and interpersonal skills.
- Develop Real-World Skills
Interactive, participatory projects provide students authentic assessments with tangible applications of what they have learned, much like the roles they’ll fill after high school and college.
- Increase Attention and Knowledge Retention
Formats like projects prevent students from becoming distracted or bored. Active participation also helps students retain more of the information necessary to succeed in the classroom.
Best Practices from 8+ Years of Classroom Experience
“I’ve been teaching high school students since I was a student teacher at The Ohio State University in 2006.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that students learn by doing – by being involved and sharing with others the findings of their research. Forcing them to read text books and fill out worksheets is not only less engaging, it’s less effective.
This website will give you the tools, resources, ideas, and templates to implement highly engaging, fun, and educational projects in your U.S. History classroom.”
—Blair Russo, U.S. History Teacher