How Students Do the Work of Historians in the Early Units of BHP

Jenny Hollaway, BHP Teacher Snoqualmie, USA As the school year winds down, I inevitably find myself playing the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” game. Despite my best efforts, I always “shoulda” incorporated more “history” into Units 1 through 5 of my Big History course—you know, those units titled “The Big Bang” and “Stars & Elements”—the ones that … Continue reading How Students Do the Work of Historians in the Early Units of BHP

Yes, we learn about the periodic table in history. No, you’re not in the wrong class.

Rachel Hansen, BHP Teacher Muscatine, USA I’ll admit, my heart races and my palms get a little sweaty when I think back to my high school chemistry class. We did not exactly see eye to eye. Mr. Hooper put up with a whole lot of sighs, eye rolls, and my futile attempts to wear a … Continue reading Yes, we learn about the periodic table in history. No, you’re not in the wrong class.

Scale Switching to Build Student Understanding

Rachel Phillips, BHP Team Learning Scientist Washington, USA "In the history of physics, every time we’ve looked beyond the scales and energies we’re familiar with, we’ve found things we wouldn’t have thought were there. You look inside the atom, and eventually you discover quarks. Who would have thought that?” — Lisa Randall, physicist Well, it … Continue reading Scale Switching to Build Student Understanding