Scale Switching to Build Student Understanding

Rachel Phillips, BHP Team Learning Scientist Washington, USA "In the history of physics, every time we’ve looked beyond the scales and energies we’re familiar with, we’ve found things we wouldn’t have thought were there. You look inside the atom, and eventually you discover quarks. Who would have thought that?” — Lisa Randall, physicist Well, it … Continue reading Scale Switching to Build Student Understanding

Did You Hear That? Best Practices for Using Audio as a Reading Scaffold

Rachel Phillips, BHP Team Learning Scientist Washington, USA A note from the BHP team: This blog was originally published as a part of BHP’s free, online professional development course, Teaching Big History. To view the article there and learn even more about teaching BHP, visit the Teaching Big History portal.   Some people assert that “listening … Continue reading Did You Hear That? Best Practices for Using Audio as a Reading Scaffold

Claim Testing: Pushing Past “I Dunno”

Bob Regan, Big History Project Team Washington, USA What makes a great response from a student? It’s not enough to have the right answer – they have to defend it. Making a claim and supporting it well turns students into scholars, kids into citizens, shouted out answers into conversations. Now, this transformation isn’t instantaneous, but … Continue reading Claim Testing: Pushing Past “I Dunno”