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.

The Power of Vocabulary

Kim Lochner, BHP Teacher Queensland, Australia When my husband collected me from the airport, he warned me that I might get a shock when I got home. Although I’d been away only two weeks, we were experiencing an oppressive Australian summer. There had been scorching temperatures and no rain; everything had turned brown and crisp. … Continue reading The Power of Vocabulary

Five Ways to Help Students Become Better Writers

Rachel Hansen, BHP Teacher Iowa, USA Note from BHP Team: In this post, Rachel mentions Big History's free essay-scoring service, BHP Score. You can learn more about BHP Score here.  I love to write, but I haven’t always. When I left my small, rural high school for the opportunity of a big university education, I … Continue reading Five Ways to Help Students Become Better Writers