Making History – Fostering Student Creation In The Humanities

Making History - Fostering Student Creation in the Humanities

So often, the perception is that hands-on, Maker-based learning lives exclusively within the hands of STEM classes, but this does not have to be the case. A history teacher, working with students from 8th to 12th grade, Preston will explore how one history class in Southern California remixed what had been a research paper into an act of creation for students. We will see the results of their endeavors, hear from them about their own experiences, and discuss ways to bring hands-on, creation-based learning into the Humanities. Preston says this presentation is “my answer to a question I have after every education conference on hands-on learning, “all of these tools are great, but how do I do this in my history class?”

Preston Peeden

My name is Preston Peeden and I am a history teacher at the Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California. This is my eighth year teaching, and, in that time, I have worked with students from 8th to 12th grade, teaching courses as varied as Ancient World History to a study of American social movements during the 20th century. I got into teaching straight out of college, as a Civics and Economics teacher to 9th-graders in the rural Mississippi Delta. From that start in Crossett, Arkansas, I headed out west to the suburbs of San Diego, where I currently reside. In my free time, I love to read, write, walk with my dog, and (according to my wife) spend way too much time thinking and talking about school!