"The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate 'apparently ordinary' people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people."
K. Patricia Cross
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
Pat Cross's declaration seems particularly appropriate for those who lead their
students into National History Day. It is indeed a program that includes
contests and competition, but for us, as educators, NHD is not really about the
contest. It is about creating opportunities for 'apparently ordinary' students
to achieve 'extraordinary' results. NHD provides a vehicle that allows students
to achieve things they never thought possible.
The learning and assessment environment continues to evolve with a growing emphasis upon project based learning and performance based assessment. Now more than ever National History Day is a powerful pedagogical tool. Click the banner and see the results of NHD's last evaluation.