Astronaut André Kuipers on Space Travel, Seeing the Earth from Space, and Big History

Esther Quaedackers Lecturer in Big History, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands This past fall, over 100 Big History teachers and students eagerly listened to a captivating talk by astronaut André Kuipers. The occasion was the second Big History teachers conference in the Netherlands, held on the five-year anniversary of the introduction of the course in Dutch … Continue reading Astronaut André Kuipers on Space Travel, Seeing the Earth from Space, and Big History

Why Does My Community Look the Way It Does?

Scott Collins, BHP Teacher Illinois, USA Note from BHP Team: We asked one of our long-time Big History teachers, Scott Collins, to create an activity for the course inspired by the work of Eric Sanderson and Mannahatta. Navigate to Unit 6 to view Mr. Collins' activity: Why Do We Live Here? As I read “The Old … Continue reading Why Does My Community Look the Way It Does?

The 0.1 Percent: How Closely Related Are We?

Scott Collins, BHP Teacher Illinois, USA Look around you. Look at the faces you see. I mean REALLY LOOK. Study these faces. Study their features. What makes them similar? What makes them different? Take note of eye colors, hair colors, skin tones.  Look at bone structure, dimples, and birthmarks. Notice teeth, eyebrows, chins. Feeling uncomfortable … Continue reading The 0.1 Percent: How Closely Related Are We?