Students of History

For the rest of their life, the students of the Madera Method projects will remember that very special set of activities that taught them teamwork, sleuthing, tenacity, research skills, writing, publishing, and being a part of something much bigger than themselves, while still being able to take individual pride in a unique published document for which their work was invaluable.
This kind of learning allows the students to build lifelong skills and confidence in themselves, and teaches them that they can do anything, including writing and publishing a book: a dedicated activity none of them ever thought possible until they did it, at the end of a long, sometimes tedious, but always engaging research project.

Through the process, the teacher is there to guide them, without interfering with their research. The students learn by doing and follow their chosen trail of crumbs, all the way to the information they seek to obtain, so they can complete their research.
The connection to their community is another beneficial aspect for the students of the Madera Method projects: the students unearth meaningful information, about forgotten past leaders or personalities from their hometown, which they unveil and reveal.

The Madera Method books are tangible results that are also meaningful to the rest of the community, as they contribute to the local history, substantiate or rectify local lore, while teasing the curiosity in all of us as the local consumers of the final publications: stories to which we can all relate, even if just by geographic commonality; stories that are written and published by the youth of our town.
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