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.
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
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