School may be out for the summer, but this week, educators from across the state have become the students for the geographical alliance seminar in Minot.
The continuing education classes work to incorporate geography into the classroom.
Today's topic was about flooding in the Great Plains.
Jim Olson gave the group a tour of his neighborhood in Green Valley where home are in various stages of flood recovery.
One instructor says students learn best when they're excited about the topic.
He says bringing a first hand look back to the classroom will help to provide a hands on learning environment.
(David Agnes, Science Teacher, Turtle Mountain Community High School) "We're having a lot of presenters that are giving us hands on materials that we can use in our classrooms. The easiest way for kids to learn is to manipulate things with their hands, do things with their hands. The more interest they have, the more willing they are to learn and the easier they are to teach so we're hoping that all works out."
Tomorrow the group of teachers will be traveling west to see how oil is shaping the geography of the Bakken area.