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

How can an understanding of history help us predict the future?

by Cameron Gibelyou, BHP Science Advisor Michigan, USA Note from the BHP Team: In the face of so many dire predictions of the future and so much uncertainty, where can we find reassurance? In our past, argues BHP Science Advisor, Cameron Gibelyou, in this month’s Big Q article. Cameron contends our future isn’t one certain, … Continue reading How can an understanding of history help us predict the future?