Australian teachers, please note: Big History is approved as a NSWESA School Developed Board Endorsed Course for 100 and 200 hour Stage 5 and 1 Unit Preliminary. About the author: Jillian Turner has taught history since 2007 and BHP since 2013 at both public and private secondary (high) schools in Sydney, Australia.
Her school year lasts 40 weeks and she teaches the year-long BHP course to about 30 students per year.
In my year 10 (or tenth grade, is Americans call it) history elective class this week I had an experience that inspired me to try harder to incorporate critical thinking into all of my lessons.
I’m teaching BHP as my Year 10 course, and I had just introduced my students to one of its key ideas—claim testing.
As students reviewed the sources I provided, they made the conclusion I see regularly: they believed the most recent source without considering that it was the age of the source and not its merits that was swaying them.
But then one student stopped and asked her group, “Who is this guy? ” They began to look more closely at the author of the source, Jared Diamond, and the more they looked the more questions they asked.
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