BENEFITING: Pta North Carolina Congress
I’ve been accepted into the American Academy in Rome’s Classical Summer School, a six-week program in Rome with rigorous coursework designed for graduate students and secondary school teachers of the Classics. I will be attending seminars on Roman archaeology, history, culture, Latin literature, and pedagogy. There will be extensive fieldwork and visits to ancient sites of historic importance and archaeological digs. On the weekends, there are opportunities for teachers to take day trips of their own, based on personal interest and areas of academic focus. The Classical Summer School at the American Academy in Rome is a unique opportunity to expand my content knowledge with a depth that can only be achieved through on-site experience. As an educator, I strive to create global citizens who appreciate the relevance, impact, and connectivity of the ancient world to the modern. Intimate knowledge of ancient sites will make my instruction more meaningful and tangible for my students. Six weeks in Rome will change my life as an educator. This program will expand the bounds of my content knowledge, lend further credibility to my craft, and provide vital first-hand experience with the sites and subjects in my curricula. I talk about Rome every day of my professional life. Being able to spend significant time interacting with Rome’s material remains will help me plan new and engaging units with an emphasis on archaeology. Having personal knowledge of Rome’s layout, buildings, and archaeological sites will allow me to increase the depth and rigor of my instruction. This experience will add valuable tools to my teaching repertoire by giving me an authoritative and personal perspective in daily classroom discussions. In short, the insight and experience gained from my time at the American Academy in Rome will help me to educate and inspire new generations of Culbreth Classicists. I will take the lessons learned from my time abroad back into my middle school classroom to share with my students and to stoke their passion for the ancient world. The impact of this program will last for the duration of my teaching career. For more information, please visit the American Academy in Rome’s Classical Summer School website.