Bringing Back Storytelling, One Activity at a Time

Kim Lochner, BHP Teacher Queensland, Australia For thousands of years, storytelling formed the essence of our education system. Children would sit at the feet of their elders and learn life skills through emotive stories. These stories imparted practical skills that young people needed to survive in their world. But these stories weren’t simply about survival. … Continue reading Bringing Back Storytelling, One Activity at a Time

Big Q Teacher Takes: Unit 1: Why do we look at things from far away and close up?

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?

The Historian’s Dilemma

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