This article is about my experiences as a ninth grade history teacher trying to implement a “big idea” unit on ancient African history. My experiences as a first year teacher and also my experience in seeing this unit develop over three years are chronicled. I conclude that implementing a big idea strategy of instruction is possible in a “real” classroom, that this implementation is more of a journey than a destination, and that big ideas do help students to learn.
Meyer, M. J. (2009). The Evolution of a Big Idea: Why Don’t We Know Anything About Africa?. Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2 (1). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.buffalostate.edu/jiae/vol2/iss1/3
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