What’s wrong with rigor? BHP will shift your mindset

by Bart Shafer, BHP teacher Washington, USA Will my students just shut down? Can they really succeed with this amount of reading and writing? There’s no way they can keep up with this pace! This is TOO HARD! I teach at the most diverse high school in the state. With 58 languages spoken and kids … Continue reading What’s wrong with rigor? BHP will shift your mindset

Why I now teach BHP as a full course

I first heard about the Big History Project a few years ago, at a presentation by Bob Bain at the National Council of the Social Studies. The course intrigued me. Why? Well, like many teachers, I was concerned with history so frequently being presented as “one darn thing after another”—simply a list of facts to memorize and forget after the test.

Do civilizations collapse? Teacher takes on a complex Big Q for the classroom

BHP Team   Note from BHP Team: Do civilizations collapse? Turns out, this is a tricky question. And it’s this month’s Big Question in the BHP course and community. We’ve added to the course a new article by Newcastle University’s Guy Middleton that is sure to ignite some critical thinking and claim testing. Some BHP teachers are … Continue reading Do civilizations collapse? Teacher takes on a complex Big Q for the classroom