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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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Catch-up…

So I’m playing catch-up from the end of the semester before break ended… 🙂 I have a funny story to tell, or at least it was funny to me. The day before break began we basically just spent time with … Continue reading

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Who wants to volunteer?

I gave my problem based lesson last Monday before Thanksgiving. I wanted to do a lesson that would incorporate what they will be learning shortly in the class: speed, velocity, acceleration, and forces. It was a two part lab, the … Continue reading

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Middle School Dropout

Last week my class was continuing their work on atoms and working with the periodic table. One of their assignments involved coloring, and man they really got into that. Maybe we should make everything involve coloring. Although that doesn’t mean … Continue reading

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