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

Yes, we learn about the periodic table in history. No, you’re not in the wrong class.

Rachel Hansen, BHP Teacher Muscatine, USA I’ll admit, my heart races and my palms get a little sweaty when I think back to my high school chemistry class. We did not exactly see eye to eye. Mr. Hooper put up with a whole lot of sighs, eye rolls, and my futile attempts to wear a … Continue reading Yes, we learn about the periodic table in history. No, you’re not in the wrong class.

Teaching historical scale using timelines

Casey Lever, BHP Teacher Queensland, Australia Each year is a new discovery when teaching BHP. This year, I’m determined to concentrate more on all things scale. My emphasis began in Unit 2, when I really wanted to zoom in and bring the application of scales in human history to the foreground to balance the truly … Continue reading Teaching historical scale using timelines