Brenda Brewer Runkle, B.S. Ed., M.Ed.
• Classroom and Online teacher for over 40 years
• Middle school, Junior High and High School experience
• Teacher mentor
• Textbook author and publisher – Runkle Publishers, Wonderful World of Geography
• Workshop Presenter
Brenda Runkle began teaching AP World History in 1963 and from there has spread into her true love, geography. She has earned a B.S. in Education and a Masters in Education as well as serving as a teacher mentor with National Geographic and the Oklahoma Alliance for Geography Education. She has taught grades 7-12 in public schools and an online Christian school. However, Ms. Runkle’s passion is writing materials for, and teaching, physical geography. She has produced lesson plans and website content for a variety of schools and institutes, specializing in geography and social studies. She has mentored beginning teachers and attended the National Geographic Geography Mentorship Institute in Washington, D.C.
Brenda developed her Runkle Geography under the mentorship of John Saxon, author of the Saxon Math Method . Brenda loves to tell how John, her friend and neighbor, would work on his math books at her kitchen table. Then as the ideas for her geography book took shape, she worked at his kitchen table. The end product is an incremental, interactive study of all aspects of geography with emphasis on subject mastery.
Brenda has developed her Wonderful World of Geography program, consisting of the textbook, student workbook and teacher’s guide as a hands-on approach to physical geography. The goal is to understand how geography shapes economics and alliances between countries. Students will identify all the countries, their physical characteristics and role in today’s world. Students will ask “What do you have that I want and how am I going to get it? Does a country have oil, an educated labor pool, an important relative location? Do we purchase the oil or trade for it? Where can we find skilled workers? Is it important to have a strong relationship with Mexico, our neighbor to the south?” Students will work with maps on a daily basis, as well as reading and discussing lessons in the textbook. At the end of the study, the student will feel confident in their ability to apply history and physical geography to the world of today. They will shape the world of tomorrow.