(PRWEB) June 16, 2006 -- National History Day (NHD) announced that Mark High of Gunnison Middle School
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in Gunnison, Colo. is the winner of the 2006 Richard T. Farrell Teacher of Merit Award for outstanding success in teaching history.
The award is given annually to a teacher who develops and uses innovative methods to make history interesting for students. This award recognizes outstanding success in history teaching. High received $1,000, a commemorative plaque and a collection of historical documentaries from PBS VIDEO.
High’s teaching methods involve the parents and other members of the community in his students’ learning including “Renaissance Night” and a trial of Christopher Columbus in the courthouse.
Known to many as “Duke Mark,” High has created a classroom ranking system called a royalty chart to reward student achievement. Students begin the year as peasants in the Kingdom of Gunnison Middle School where they must learn
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the Knight’s Code of Ethics and improve themselves through service and challenges in order to be knighted in a special ceremony.
In High’s class “my daughter has discovered a new interest in social studies/history and new relationship to current events,” said Susan Barrett, the parent of a seventh grade student.
More than a student competition, NHD is a campaign to change the teaching and learning of history in our nation’s classrooms. The program is having a profound impact on education
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and received the Charles Frankel Prize for Public Programming from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For additional information on NHD please visit www.nhd.org.