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The Birth of the Ancient Olympic Games

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Josee Dimson
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(32)
In this one-time class, students will learn about the origins of the Olympic Games, the tradition of athletic competition in ancient Greece and the site of Olympia.

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Students will learn about the ancient site at Olympia and how the tradition of the games began.
I am a trained archaeologist, and I excavated at sites such as Mytilene and Kommos in Greece for many field seasons. I have travelled extensively through Europe, and I have taught Greek and Roman art, archaeology and mythology at Concordia University, Montréal.  I held a position at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, where I created and led tours for children on the topics of Greek, Roman and Egyptian archaeology, the Medieval period, dinosaurs and natural history. More recently, I have taught labs on water science and solar energy to Kindergarten and Grade 1 students through Scientists in School. Since July 2021, I have had the pleasure of teaching many archaeology and ancient civilizations classes on Outschool. 
No supplies are required
Greek art often involves nudity, but every attempt will be made not to use visuals of pottery and sculpture that may be considered inappropriate.
I will present the class material through the use of visuals (PowerPoint presentation), both from my own private collection and from archaeological excavations and museum collections.  The students will look at the archaeological material and learn how to interpret it, and discover that evidence can lead to different opinions.  I strongly believe that all evidence must be investigated and viewed equally, and I do reinforce this important concept every week.
As an archaeologist, I base my classes on scholarly texts, scientific secondary sources such as textbooks, scholarly journals (Archaeology Magazine, National Geographic, Penn University publications, etc.), and archaeological reports, while keeping it age appropriate.  I also use primary sources, for example Homer, English translations of Egyptian hieroglyphs, Latin texts, etc.  Other visuals than my own are drawn from sites such as Open Licensed Images, Ancient World Image Bank, World History Encyclopedia, the New York Public Library Digital Collection, Unsplash and Public Domain Pictures. All sites allow for free use of images, with credits.
Learners do not need to access any sites during class.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(32)
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Hi! My name is Josée and I am originally from Montréal, Québec, Canada. I have always wanted to study archaeology, travel and go on excavations, and I have been very lucky to be able to fulfill my dreams!  

I have earned a double major in... 
Group Class

$14

per class
Meets once
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 8-12
3-9 learners per class

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