“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”
– Socrates, Greek philosopher (469-399 BCE)
In this Social Studies Project and Research-Based Learning class, we are learning to think critically, be creative, and solve problems through hard work and independent thinking.
Our community is a high-poverty area that struggles with serious issues such as not having home internet access, little to no supplies, little parent involvement, and struggles with reading and writing. We struggle with students that have an intense apathy for learning and school. My goal is to create a love and curiosity for learning, investigation, and problem-solving through project-based research activities with a history theme. I am a history teacher that has a thirst for historical knowledge myself, and I want to inspire my students to develop that same love of learning!
My students have voiced their displeasure many times of "doing the same old thing" in many of their classes, and absolutely love it when we do projects and investigations in our history classroom! This class will be their chance to stretch their thinking, solve problems, make inquiries and participate in investigations and building projects, and increase their engagement in learning!
Throughout my teaching career as a teacher of history, I have found too many times that my students typically find their history classes "boring".
I want to bring history to life for my students by allowing them to build and create objects, artwork, architectural models, and items used by humans throughout history, and then research and write about the "stories" behind these objects.
My students will create models of items such as tools, pottery, early writing forms like hieroglyphics and cuneiform tablets, various forms of artwork, and other objects used by humans in the past. I hope to spawn a sense of curiosity and profound interest in history through a hands-on, innovative approach. I believe that by allowing students to create items from the past and then researching and writing about the significance of these items, the importance of learning about history will become more tangible to them.
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