The Historian’s Dilemma

Rachel Hansen, BHP Teacher Iowa, USA History is an exercise in storytelling. Like all good storytellers, historians must determine where and how to generalize the narrative to make it both manageable and memorable to the audience. Of course, they must also artfully select moments to dive deep and examine those individual and societal stories that … Continue reading The Historian’s Dilemma

Big Skills: Narrative and Thresholds: Making History Significant

Bob Regan, Big History Project Team Washington, USA From the BHP Team: This month, we’re trying something new. We wanted to add a series of posts that focus on the instructional skills within the Big History Project course. We are calling these posts, “Big Skills.” Each month we’ll ask an expert to post about a … Continue reading Big Skills: Narrative and Thresholds: Making History Significant

Big Q connections for the classroom: How can an understanding of history help us predict the future?

BHP Team Note from the BHP Team: In this month’s Big Question article, BHP Science Advisor, Cameron Gibelyou, asks us to move beyond a pessimism for the future to the process of how to predict it. That process, Cameron argues, is to reason through the causes and effects of different possibilities, just as we do in … Continue reading Big Q connections for the classroom: How can an understanding of history help us predict the future?