Big History 2019 Summer Reading List

BHP Team “So many books, so little time.” —Frank Zappa (and BHP teachers everywhere) This is the moment you’ve been waiting for: Summer! Now you can catch up on some much-deserved rest, relaxation, and brain food. Haven’t had time to maintain your summer reading wish-list? BHP’s got your back. Dive into this teacher-curated list of … Continue reading Big History 2019 Summer Reading List

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

by Bart Shaffer, 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.