Claim Testing: Pushing Past “I Dunno”

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”

Changing Your Mind

Rachel Hansen, BHP Teacher Iowa, USA I bet Galileo threw his hands in the air at least a few times during his nine years of house arrest. The Roman Inquisition sentenced him to lifetime imprisonment after finding him guilty of heresy. What had Galileo done to deserve such a punishment? He made a claim ⎼ … Continue reading Changing Your Mind

Don’t Skip the First Few Units!

Chris Steussy, BHP Teacher California, USA A note from the BHP team: This blog was originally published as a part of BHP's free, online professional development course, Teaching Big History. To view the article there and learn even more about teaching BHP, visit the Teaching Big History portal. Looking for history? Look right here! That’s … Continue reading Don’t Skip the First Few Units!