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

First year with BHP? Three tips to support your journey!

Vanessa Pratt, BHP Teacher and Assistant Principal Melbourne, Australia Our school has run a Year 10 elective Big History class for a few years. I was involved in the original exploration of the subject and the integration into our curriculum but had never taught it—until Semester 1 of this year. These are my top three … Continue reading First year with BHP? Three tips to support your journey!

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”