Big Q Teacher Takes: Unit 3: How can looking at the same information from different perspectives pave the way for progress?

BHP Team Washington, USA Note from the BHP Team: In this month’s Big Question article, “Yes, We Learn About the Periodic Table in History. No, You’re Not in the Wrong Class,” veteran BHP teacher Rachel Hansen takes us through best practices for bringing the art of inquiry to life in Unit 3 of the Big … Continue reading Big Q Teacher Takes: Unit 3: How can looking at the same information from different perspectives pave the way for progress?

How Students Do the Work of Historians in the Early Units of BHP

Jenny Hollaway, BHP Teacher Snoqualmie, USA As the school year winds down, I inevitably find myself playing the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” game. Despite my best efforts, I always “shoulda” incorporated more “history” into Units 1 through 5 of my Big History course—you know, those units titled “The Big Bang” and “Stars & Elements”—the ones that … Continue reading How Students Do the Work of Historians in the Early Units of BHP

Scale Switching to Build Student Understanding

Rachel Phillips, BHP Team Learning Scientist Washington, USA "In the history of physics, every time we’ve looked beyond the scales and energies we’re familiar with, we’ve found things we wouldn’t have thought were there. You look inside the atom, and eventually you discover quarks. Who would have thought that?” — Lisa Randall, physicist Well, it … Continue reading Scale Switching to Build Student Understanding