Teacher Takes: Writing in BHP

BHP Team Washington, USA We’re focused on writing this month, and the Big Skills blog gets specific about our approach. For middle- and high-school teachers, it’s difficult to address the entire range of students’ writing skill level. The Big History Project course helps teachers with scaffolding strategies and tools—including a single rubric, frequent formal and … Continue reading Teacher Takes: Writing in BHP

Big Skills Teacher Takes: Scale

BHP Team Washington, USA Note from the BHP Team: This month’s Big Skill is scale, which pushes students to consider things from up close and far away. If you haven’t already, read the sister blog post, "Scale Switching to Build Student Understanding," by BHP learning scientist, Rachel Phillips. Rachel discusses how scale switching “gives us … Continue reading Big Skills Teacher Takes: Scale

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