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Project Based Learning for the History Classroom

The significance of this project lies in the intersection between project based learning and the needs of students in middle school history classrooms. In light of the research on the developmental needs of young adolescents, it is evident that history curriculum can fall short of meeting the needs of our students because they are not challenging, exploratory, integrative, or relevant. Project based learning is a widely accepted model of teaching, especially in the STEM fields, because it easily lends itself to inquiry and hypothesizing. In the humanities, however, PBL can provide different challenges. As a middle school history teacher, I see a great need for model PBL units that are easily accessible and teachers can use as models to create their own. PBL is necessary for the history classroom because it requires extended thinking and problem solving around a topic.

The significance of this project lies in the intersection between project based learning and the needs of students in middle school history classrooms. In light of the research on the developmental needs of young adolescents, it is evident that history curriculum can fall short of meeting the needs of our students because they are not challenging, exploratory, integrative, or relevant. Project based learning is a widely accepted model of teaching, especially in the STEM fields, because it easily lends itself to inquiry and hypothesizing. In the humanities, however, PBL can provide different challenges. As a middle school history teacher, I see a great need for model PBL units that are easily accessible and teachers can use as models to create their own. PBL is necessary for the history classroom because it requires extended thinking and problem solving around a topic.

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