April 2023 - Athens Greece
The Spine of Greece. We’ll be trekking through the very same Pindus mountains trodden by the heroes of Ancient Greek myth and looking at some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. A region now often ignored and far too frequently bypassed by Greeks and international visitors, we’ll be looking at the people that live here now and speaking to local students, teachers, and….. goats…a lot of goats! We’re looking forward to tracing the migration of people that makes up the current population and looking into who might be the next…..we’ll also look at why anyone would choose to live in this remote area, and what possible benefits there might be.
We’ll also be joined by round-the-world cyclist and adventurer, Julian Sayarer! www.JulianSayarer.com our generation’s Kerouac!
As always on the EdYOUfest historical walks, we’ll be looking at slow travel, being outdoors and also identity:
'No changing of place at 100mph will make us one whit stronger, happier or wiser. There was always more in the world than men could see, walked they ever so slowly; they see it no better for going fast.'
This EdYOUfest Historical Walk is a unique and engaging project that invites the EdYOUfest community to explore the rich history, culture, environment, and sports of Greece. Led by Thom Jones, the walking tour offers remote participants the opportunity to learn about the country's ancient and modern landmarks, legends of Olympus, and even participate in various virtual projects/activities.
As part of the project, teachers of English as a second language (or any other subject!) collaborate with students on exciting projects related to history, literature, geography, the environment, and sports.
These projects aim to enhance students' learning and research skills, while also allowing them to explore new perspectives and deepen their understanding of Greece's past and present, and exploring their own. With a final presentation and recording, the EdYOUfest Historical Walk promises to be a fun and educational experience for all participants, providing them with unforgettable memories of Greece's rich history and culture.
Objectives for Teachers:
The EdYOUfest Historical Walks offer teachers of English a unique opportunity to collaborate with students on exciting projects related to Greece's history, culture, the environment, literature, and sports. Through these projects, teachers can:
1. Enhance students' learning and research skills by encouraging them to investigate various aspects of Greek history and culture.
2. Develop students' English language skills by providing them with opportunities to use the language in a real-life context and with authentic materials.
3. Promote cross-disciplinary learning by integrating multiple subjects, such as history, geography, literature, and the environment, into the projects.
4. Encourage students to think critically and creatively, to analyze complex information, and to synthesize their findings into a coherent presentation.
5. Foster a sense of curiosity, wonder, and respect for Greece's rich cultural heritage and its place in the world.
Objectives for Students:
The EdYOUfest Historical Walks aim to provide students with a wide range of learning objectives, including:
1. Develop their research skills by investigating various aspects of Greece's history, culture, environment, literature, and sports.
2. Enhance their English language skills by providing them with opportunities to use the language in a real-life context and with authentic materials.
3. Foster cross-disciplinary learning by integrating multiple subjects, such as history, geography, literature, and the environment, into the projects.
4. Promote critical thinking and creative problem-solving by encouraging students to analyze complex information and synthesize their findings into a coherent presentation.
5. Encourage cultural awareness and appreciation by exposing students to Greece's rich cultural heritage, traditions, and values.
6. Develop their presentation skills by creating and delivering an engaging and informative presentation based on their research and findings.
7. Foster teamwork and collaboration by working together in small groups to research, plan, and present their projects.
8. Provide a fun and engaging learning experience that motivates and inspires students to learn more about Greece's past and present.
Practical Project Categories:
The Environment: "Greening the EdYOUfest Historical Walk"
Geography: "Mapping the EdYOUfest Historical Walk"
History: "Tracing History in Greece"
Sport: "The Olympic Spirit"
Literature: "Legends of Olympus"
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