What’s wrong with rigor? BHP will shift your mindset

by Bart Shaffer, BHP teacher Washington, USA Will my students just shut down? Can they really succeed with this amount of reading and writing? There’s no way they can keep up with this pace! This is TOO HARD! I teach at the most diverse high school in the state. With 58 languages spoken and kids … Continue reading What’s wrong with rigor? BHP will shift your mindset

Why I now teach BHP as a full course

I first heard about the Big History Project a few years ago, at a presentation by Bob Bain at the National Council of the Social Studies. The course intrigued me. Why? Well, like many teachers, I was concerned with history so frequently being presented as “one darn thing after another”—simply a list of facts to memorize and forget after the test.

Five Ways to Help Students Become Better Writers

Rachel Hansen, BHP Teacher Iowa, USA Note from BHP Team: In this post, Rachel mentions Big History's free essay-scoring service, BHP Score. You can learn more about BHP Score here.  I love to write, but I haven’t always. When I left my small, rural high school for the opportunity of a big university education, I … Continue reading Five Ways to Help Students Become Better Writers