Natural Disasters: A Natural Starting Point for Causation

Kathy Hays, BHP Teacher Arizona, USA Note from BHP Team: This blog post is from Session 8.5 of Teaching Big History, BHP's online PD course for teachers. I teach Big History to a diverse population of ninth graders. As with any classroom, differentiation and extra scaffolding are necessary for meeting my learners’ needs. It’s important … Continue reading Natural Disasters: A Natural Starting Point for Causation

Teaching Claim Testing to Middle Schoolers

In Lesson 1.3, students are introduced to claim testing, a skill that is fundamental to Big History. The activity "Claim Testing: What Are the Claim Testers?" is the second in the practice progression for this skill. Through this activity, students are introduced to the claim testers and get a broad overview of the four types: … Continue reading Teaching Claim Testing to Middle Schoolers

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