Baked Ziti, Climate Change, and Critical Conversations

Chris Scaturo, BHP Teacher New Jersey, USA I grew up in a large Italian family. My grandparents were immigrants who raised 11 children through the Great Depression and WWII. The only thing they had a lot of was children. I grew up in the 1970s and ’80s. My dad was a construction worker who was … Continue reading Baked Ziti, Climate Change, and Critical Conversations

Is Big History the writing-intensive course Queensland teachers are looking for?

Kim Lochner, BHP Teacher Queensland, Australia I work in a small rural school, close to the border between Queensland and New South Wales (Australia). As I reflect on three years of teaching Big History, I realize it’s not the size of the school that matters, it’s the scale of the material we present that counts. … Continue reading Is Big History the writing-intensive course Queensland teachers are looking for?

Academic Vocabulary: From “Yawn” to Applause!

Erik Christensen, BHP Teacher California, USA We realize there are amazing connections to be made between BHP’s unit driving questions (DQs), the Investigations, and the lesson/unit vocabulary. Our teaching model uses student writing—spread over a few days during each unit—to make these connections pop. Here’s how it works: We tackle the Text Genome Part 1 … Continue reading Academic Vocabulary: From “Yawn” to Applause!