Cleveland Early College High School Teacher Featured on National Geographic

Cleveland Early College High School Teacher Featured on National Geographic
Posted on 04/01/2021

Author: Jessica Dulin


Beverly Owens, 11th grade chemistry teacher at Cleveland Early College High School, was recently featured on National Geographic for her work to encourage student reflection on climate change. 


By crafting a set of interactive problem sets, Owens has created resources that allow students to think critically about the effects of climate change on our environment. These sets are now available on National Geographic Education and National Geographic Society Explorers.


“I want students to walk away with curiosity and enjoy discovering things and looking at things from different perspectives,” said Owens. “I try to model that for my students.”


Climate change can be a difficult subject for many teachers to tackle. Because of this, Owens has her students write their thoughts about climate change on post-it notes. This leads into a class discussion about the topic to help students better understand climate change.


“The term Geo-Inquiry throws a lot of people off. Geography and science can be integrated together to support learning,” said Owens. “From a science teacher’s perspective, inquiry is natural because I ask my students a lot of questions. It means I am making them think and apply knowledge and draw out their thinking further.”


For access to Owens’ lesson plan on Global Climate Change and GeoInquiry, check out the link below.


- Lesson plan: http://on.natgeo.org/6184Hl0wG