Big Skills Teacher Takes: Scale

BHP Team Washington, USA Note from the BHP Team: This month’s Big Skill is scale, which pushes students to consider things from up close and far away. If you haven’t already, read the sister blog post, "Scale Switching to Build Student Understanding," by BHP learning scientist, Rachel Phillips. Rachel discusses how scale switching “gives us … Continue reading Big Skills Teacher Takes: Scale

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

Yes, we learn about the periodic table in history. No, you’re not in the wrong class.

Rachel Hansen, BHP Teacher Muscatine, USA I’ll admit, my heart races and my palms get a little sweaty when I think back to my high school chemistry class. We did not exactly see eye to eye. Mr. Hooper put up with a whole lot of sighs, eye rolls, and my futile attempts to wear a … Continue reading Yes, we learn about the periodic table in history. No, you’re not in the wrong class.