Five Personal Thresholds of Teaching Complexity

Angelina Kreger Big History Teacher, 11th & 12th Grade Novi, Michigan At the end of last school year, I was asked to present to my department about what I have learned from teaching Big History. My department, while supportive of my endeavor, did not know about the content or instructional methods employed. They knew that I…

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A Better Way to Teach Students

Shawn Bean Big History Teacher, 9th Grade Chicago Heights, Illinois For 15 years, I taught World History in relatively the same manner:  we started with early man and hoped to get through World War II by the end of the year. We’d jump from the Greeks to the Romans, making connections where we could. And…

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Preparing for BHP and IB

Raphael Zadey Big History Teacher, IB Middle Years Program Adelaide, Australia It’s not often that a teacher, regardless of the country or system within which they work, is offered the opportunity to travel overseas and work with a dedicated educational opportunity. Yet that is entirely what happened. Along with colleagues Nick Gillies and Jarrod Chave,…

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