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The Birth of the Ancient Olympic Games

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.
Josee Dimson
14 total reviews for this teacher
New class
Class
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
8-12
year olds
3-9
learners per class
per learner

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Class Experience

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 homework is assigned
No supplies are required
No assessment is done
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
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.

Teacher

Josee Dimson
🇨🇦
Lives in Canada
B.A.Hon, M.A. Classics, teacher of archaeology, ancient art and history
14 total reviews
12 completed classes

About Me

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... 
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