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

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”

Changing Your Mind

Rachel Hansen, BHP Teacher Iowa, USA I bet Galileo threw his hands in the air at least a few times during his nine years of house arrest. The Roman Inquisition sentenced him to lifetime imprisonment after finding him guilty of heresy. What had Galileo done to deserve such a punishment? He made a claim ⎼ … Continue reading Changing Your Mind