My name is Eric Huff, and I am the director of the National History Bee. The National History Bee is an individual academic competition for elementary and middle school students. The Bee tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics that have direct relevance to what your students are learning in the classroom. School winners advance to the regional competition and the regional champions earn the right to compete in Washington for scholarships, prizes, and the title of National History Bee Champion!
As a former classroom teacher, I appreciate the role that motivation plays in student achievement. The job of educators is to foster in our students a desire to learn, and few things motivate students to want to learn more than competition. The National History Bee is an extra-curricular activity that not only recognizes and rewards students for existing knowledge, but also uses competition to encourage them to develop an intellectual curiosity and desire to learn on their own.
I know that with school starting it’s a busy time of year, but when you have a minute. I invite you to visit our website atwww.historybee.com There you will find not only more information about the competition itself, but a wealth of history resources and practice quizzes that will be useful to any student wanting to learn more about history. If you think that students would benefit from participating in the National History Bee, I would ask that you pass it along to other social studies teachers.
PS: To see a preview of the airing of the 2012 National Championship, visit http://www.history.com/shows/