Note from the BHP Team: In this month’s Big Question post, “The Historian’s Dilemma,” veteran BHP teacher Rachel Hansen presents a predicament of historical proportions: “What should get thrown out of the [hi]story so that the essential narrative survives in a meaningful way?” It’s a head-scratcher, especially as history only gets longer and longer and bigger and … Continue reading Big Q Teacher Takes: Unit 1: Why do we look at things from far away and close up?
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
BHP’s Investigation 0 pops up the first week of school. It’s not that bad, and it’s totally worth it. Bart Shaffer, BHP Teacher Washington, USA Do I really have to start the year with a formal essay? My kids are going to hate me! Worse, what if my lower-performing students just shut down and give … Continue reading No Pain, No Gain