The Big History Project is about much more than history being truly a course that integrates curriculum across the disciplines.
The Big History Project is deep and wide. It spans nothing less than the 3.7 billion year history of our universe. Along the journey, disciplines such as chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, technology, english, social studies, and history are all tied in.
The project is deep in its resources and, maybe best of all, it's completely free. The Bill Gates Foundation supports the project which will always be free - there's no "pro" version to be bought!
Not only are the teacher resouces well-thought-out, the Big History Project also includes a Teacher Development course. Completing this earns you a certificate for 9 hours of teacher development.
Students taking this course, along with all the other knowledge and critical thinking skills they develop, are showing signifcantly higher scores in reading and writing ability.
The number and quality of resources are also deep and wide spanning lesson plans, vocabulary worksheets, project-based investigation activities, infographics, reading and writing, videos, and assessments all along the way.
Student assessement results are tracked in real-time. Among the many teacher resources, we also have access to a private, teachers-only, forum where we get to learn best practices and share ideas.
As you can see, the entire program is incredibly well-resourced with everything teachers need to make it a success, including learning guides, full course guides, standards, research, investigation scoring guides, rubrics, and much more.
Another amazing thing about the Big History Project is that it is flexible. The entire course of study easily adjusts to the curriculum and learning needs of your students, whether they be ELL, ESL, or EAL students.
This built-in flexibility is also very useful for subject teachers who want to ensure that important learning indicators for their stand-alone course are being met.
The trend in high-quality education is clear. No longer are we satisfied with the "factory" style of education where different subjects are compartmentalized, boxed, and shipped off to their final exams as if they had nothing to do with any other subject. As one student said in response to a question, "Math is something I study in the morning".
Teaching in this 18th century style is simply no longer acceptable.
The strong trend in education, and for good reason, is the integration of disciplines along with a focus of not only learning theory, but more importantly, applying that theory in real-world situations.
The thrust in education along these two fronts, integration of disciplines and application of skills, is already showing great, and quantifiable results in developing critical thinking skills, improving students' abilities in organizing information and knowledge in more complex ways, as well as enhancing skills in reading and writing.
And the best news of all is that students love it and teachers love it. Everybody wins.