Note from the BHP Team: This month’s Big Skill is claim testing, and with it, BHP students add to their vocabulary intuition, logic, authority, and evidence as they examine history and the world. If you haven’t already, read the sister blog post "Claim Testing: Pushing Past ‘I Dunno,’" by Director of BHP, Bob Regan. Bob makes … Continue reading Big Skills Teacher Takes: Claim Testing
Note from the BHP Team: In this month’s Big Question article, “Changing Your Mind,” veteran BHP teacher Rachel Hansen writes, “Changing your mind requires serious thought.” How do you get there? Rachel offers try-it-tomorrow recommendations on activities with narrative and thresholds, claim testing, and interdisciplinary perspectives for Unit 2 (and beyond) that help students understand why … Continue reading Big Q Teacher Takes: Unit 2: How and why do individuals change their minds?
Bob Regan, Big History Project Team Washington, USA What makes a great response from a student? It’s not enough to have the right answer – they have to defend it. Making a claim and supporting it well turns students into scholars, kids into citizens, shouted out answers into conversations. Now, this transformation isn’t instantaneous, but … Continue reading Claim Testing: Pushing Past “I Dunno”