At Nueva, you can travel the world. From ancient Egypt and Mali to Suva, Fiji, we are constantly exploring. The fourth graders, on April 8, traveled back approximately 3,000 years ago to the School of Athens. Comfortable, check! No time sickness, check! Obviously, togas, peplos, and chitons were optional, and they had all sorts of finesse. Some of us went all out. I researched Greek garb, eventually settling on a peplos. I also researched Greek hair, made homemade hairspray, and watched a tutorial video for the hairstyle.
In class, we first learned about the School of Athens, painted by Italian Renaissance painter Raphael between 1509 and 1511. Next, we learned some secrets about the people in the painting. Did you know that the artist, Raphael, painted himself in the painting? Apparently, we weren’t the only time travelers. Raphael was also time-traveling with a couple more familiar faces, including Pythagoras and Ptolemy. After a few more facts and questions, we dispersed into breakout rooms to share about the philosophical text, Harry Stottelmeier’s Discovery. That week, we read chapter six. In breakout rooms, we discussed the difference between the brain and the mind, what the mind is, and many more topics that the students shared. Each student had two discussion questions, although not all students chose to share.
Although we couldn't physically gather like students at the School of Athens, it was fun and refreshing to see each other’s costumes through the video and have philosophical discussions in the breakout rooms. Overall, I think remote learning has been different. Not bad, but different (except I miss running around the campus with my friends). The class is still really fun, and I think that we can pull through this together during this difficult time.