I was born and educated in Europe. However, I completed my “grad” years and teaching credential on two continents: both in Europe and in the United States. I earned my BS in Europe (Geomorphology, History, Classical Archaeology, Geography; and a BA in Linguistics). I also took post-graduate courses at UCLA and CSU Northridge. I hold a Master's Degree in Education with the National University. I taught 12 years in Europe and this is my 21-st year of teaching at T.S.King M.S. in the GAT - Magnet program.
I am a former archaeologist and a passionate collector of fossils, ancient artifacts and rocks...which I have either personally dug up, or purchased during my archaeological and geological field applications. I often use them as teaching props or "realia" in my classes.
Here are three (3) good reasons WHY I love this ‘TRIAD’ of disciplines - History, Archaeology, Geography; which, I think, we cannot ignore:
… cannot dismiss the WRITTEN RECORDS – the creators of values, and promoters of knowledge. According to written excavated records, conscious ideas of morality and justice were reflected since ancient times: 55 clay tablets in Sumer (Hammurabi), 17,000 documents in Syria (Ebla), Egyptian ‘cartouches’ with hieroglyphs – all written prior 1500-2000 BCE (before and after Abraham – Old Testament); later books of the Ecclesiastes and the book of Samuel, circa 350 BCE ; Upanishadic writings, 400 BCE ; writings of Confucius, 500 BCE; the BIBLE, 1-st century A.D./C.E.
… LEARN from the past, understand the legacy. Ancient grand civilizations have risen to great power and then fell to dust. As George Santayana said: “Those who forget the past, are doomed to repeat it”. This is the universal truth… Experience has (hopefully) taught mankind that “history repeats itself”. It is only a duty of the present and future generations to applaud the accomplishments of our ancestors, identify their flaws, and learn from their mistakes.
… consider the EVIDENCE, as we determine the significance of current events. Recently unearthed ancient cities have yielded surprising discoveries – evidence of a former high civilization, capable of super-advanced science and technology. From the seafloor, to deep jungles of the earth, and from under the sands of the desert, emerge artifacts that defy logic.
I do exercise my profession as an educator by drawing upon the following instructional strategies:
~ LECTURE - short unit intro.
~ Use of COSTUMES (gives better understanding of the civilization in the capsule.
~ Classroom DECOR and visual aid (posters, maps).
~ SOCRATIC SEMINARS (helps stimulate prior knowledge and critical thinking).
~ REALIA – miniature or life-size artifacts, primary documents (for unit realistic approach).
~ Provide EXAMPLES/MODELS of quality tasks,
~ ACADEMIC GAMES, VIDEOS, (to enhance student learning),
~ ‘ERA’ MUSIC (enhances the time-frame and relaxes the spirit).
I am looking forward to a wonderful academic year.
Mrs. Dorina M. Popa
"Popita & Kids Inc."