Geo-Inquiry from the Prairie to Peru

By Dr. Alex Oberle and Kailyn Bettle It may be one of the world’s most incredible short flights, leaving the 11,000-feet-above-sea-Andean highlands at Cuzco and landing in the Amazon Basin less than an hour later. Midway through the flight, the mountains just end. Suddenly, a line of clouds appears … and then an emerald expanse of rain forest extending more than 1,500 miles to the northeast. It looks … Continue reading Geo-Inquiry from the Prairie to Peru

Teaching Naledi: Two Years Getting to Know about and Share Our Newly Discovered Relative

In my last post, I shared with you the first part of my social media journey that brought me from utilizing YouTube back in 2007 to becoming connected with a fantastic science/adventure story that was the discovery of more than 1,500 human-like fossils in a South African cave called Rising Star. My students and I followed the s tory closely, which resulted in my creating … Continue reading Teaching Naledi: Two Years Getting to Know about and Share Our Newly Discovered Relative

Wouldn’t It Be Amazing If Every Book Had a Map In It?

I am often asked how I work with students when reading controversial texts. The controversy, for me, isn’t whether the book is on this year’s list of “most challenged books,” it’s how to create a personal connection between the events in the book and the students’ personal lives. My biggest challenge is to teach the process of digesting information about a topic in a way … Continue reading Wouldn’t It Be Amazing If Every Book Had a Map In It?

Teaching the Global Goals with Nasreen’s Secret School

Literature has not always played a huge role in my life. As a kid, I was a voracious reader—I read anything I could get my hands on. But starting in junior high, I found myself reading less and less. As I look back on it, I’m sure there were a number of reasons. Life got busier in junior high, with more independence, friends, and extra … Continue reading Teaching the Global Goals with Nasreen’s Secret School