Author Archives: benson3

About benson3

I am in my second year as a PhD student at the University of Kansas. My degree is in geophysics with a focus on near-surface geoarcheology applications.

My first experiences at Olathe North

It’s been a while – but I’m back in the game! I was a GK12er two years ago, working at Rosedale Middle School with Ralph, and am super ecstatic to be able to participate again this year with the geosciences … Continue reading

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My most memorable outreach activity yet

Sarah is right – I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since GK-12 ended for me 😦 Time really flies! Instead of talking about how I’ve changed, I’m going to tell you a story that I think is significant that … Continue reading

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My students think I’m a sexologist…

SO… today was a really exciting day (but yes, the title is correct!!). I decided to have all of my students be geophysicists today by bringing in all our seismic equipment and doing a demonstration outside with them, with the … Continue reading

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Personal Response Lesson

So a few weeks ago (clearly I’m playing catch-up here!) I did my lesson using the personal response systems with the classrooms. Overall, it went very well. We were talking about light, particularly how it works and the electromagnetic spectrum. … Continue reading

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It’s been a while…

So… I missed a solid month of the middle school in mid February/March because of spring breaks and having to fly across the country for interviews, but I finally got back into it last Friday and luckily for me not … Continue reading

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Back to the basics

Hmm, I have two weeks to update here, so sorry if it’s a little long! Our classrooms focus these past two weeks have been on simple machines, looking at input and output forces, types of machines, etc. My first post … Continue reading

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Change doesn’t necessarily mean improvement

Last week I went in on Friday during the students checkpoint test 5. I figured that would be a good day to go in and sit down with Mr. Ziegler and go over what we want to do this semester. … Continue reading

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