Geo-inquiry helps students learn through geographic based explorations. Geo-inquiry expert Jim Bentley (author of the free National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Educator Guide) talks about what this project-based learning method looks like in his fifth-grade classroom. He shares examples of what he has done, challenges, and some of the mistakes he made at first. This Wonderful Classroom Wednesday melds together PBL, inquiry-based learning, Geography, Science, and Social Entrepreneurship into a fascinating approach that teachers will want to understand. (This is particularly useful for teachers of elementary-age children.)
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- National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Educator Guide (National Geographic website)
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park [the book they read that inspired their project]
- National Institutes of Health Report “Middle School Student Attitudes About School Drinking Fountains and Water Intake” [as quoted in the show]
- Water Access in the United States: Health Disparities Abound and Solutions are Urgently Needed: National Institute of Health [mentions the solution used in the show of bottle filling stations]
- How to Deepen Student Learning Using PBL and the QFT (on Right Question Blog)
- How to Use Environment to Design Project Based Learning (on 10 strands blog)
- Get Motivated to Do Project based Learning the Right Way #pbl (podcast episode)
- 7 Global Project Ideas from a Leading 3rd Grade Classroom (podcast episode)
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Jim Bentley – Bio as submitted
Jim Bentley is an elementary educator who also serves as a National Geographic Fellow and a Buck Institute for Education National Faculty. He works with both the Education and the Environment Initiative and KQED as a Teacher Ambassador and is passionate about environmental and civic education, media literacy, and filmmaking.
- Contributor to Connecting the Dots: Teacher Effectiveness and Deeper Professional Learning
- Contributor to Handbook of Prosocial Education
- National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Educator Guide
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