The Idea Book for Educators is a biannual magazine that offers fresh insights into the ways teachers can energize their classrooms. One way they maintain those fresh ideas is to host a contest for teachers to submit their own ideas for how they use History Channel programming in their class.
Only a few ideas from hundreds of applicants are chosen to be printed in the magazine each issue.
Faulkner’s project-based unit was inspired by the channel’s American Pickers show and her personal love for antiquing.
The project has been a success in her classroom for several years now.
Her project, Primary and Secondary Sources Show and Tell, requires students to “pick” a special item from their family’s history, research that item, write about it, and present it to the class.
Faulkner said, “I enjoy seeing what the students bring to class to share. It is one of my most favorite projects all year. The students learn so many skills from this project, and they are willing to do it because the information is personal.”
Faulkner won a cash prize from the History Channel and will be featured in the 2013 fall edition of the Idea Book for Educators.