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

Big Skills Teacher Takes: Narrative and Thresholds

BHP Team Washington, USA Note from the BHP Team: Roll out the red carpet. The instructional skills, pedagogy, and practices in BHP are getting the spotlight. Starting this month, a monthly Big Skills blog features one of the recurring foundational essential skills in BHP, so teachers can go beyond content and dive deeper into how to … Continue reading Big Skills Teacher Takes: Narrative and Thresholds