Caylan Healy, BHP Teacher Michigan, USA When I started teaching Big History, my biggest challenge was finding a guiding objective for the entire school year—and then deciding how to evaluate student understanding of it. I eventually decided that I wanted my students to be able to tell “the story of us.” Every activity we do … Continue reading CONNECTING THE DOTS: END-OF-SEMESTER BHP MAGAZINES!
Shawn Bean, BHP Teacher Illinois, USA Without hesitation, I’d say that one of the most effective Big History activities is Active Accretion (from Lesson 4.0). Students get a chance to go outside (so, choose the day wisely) and run in circles to demonstrate the process of planet formation; they start as a spread-out group of … Continue reading WHAT IS ACCRETION AND WHY AM I RUNNING?
A. Ferguson, BHP Score Team Arizona State University, USA Earlier this year, BHP announced a new formative assessment service called BHP Score. The service allows teachers who have incorporated Big History into their classrooms to submit students’ essays for Units 2, 6, and 9. The essays are sent to a team of trained scorers at … Continue reading GETTING TO KNOW THE BHP SCORE EVALUATORS