Using Claim Testers

Donnetta Elsasser, BHP Teacher Washington, USA Note: This blog post is featured in Session 3 of Teaching Big History, our online training course for new and returning BHP teachers. You can delve even deeper into the topic of claim-testing there! “Research shows…” “Well, I heard…” When my students say things like that, I always ask…

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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A BHP NEWBIE

BHP Team and Collyn Gaffney, BHP Teacher North Carolina, USA Teaching Big History for the first time this year? If you’re oscillating between thinking it’s the best curriculum ever and wanting to pull your hair out because… #science, you’re not alone. Last year, first-time BHP teacher Collyn Gaffney chronicled the ups and downs of her…

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FOCUS AND REFLECTION THROUGH THE DQ NOTEBOOK

Kathy Hays, BHP Teacher Arizona, USA We’re finishing Unit 2 in my Big History class, and students recently completed their reflections on the unit’s driving question: How and why do individuals change their minds? I love the DQ Notebook activity (which, by the way, is one that’s repeated in the first and last lesson of…

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