Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing on foot the global migration of our ancestors in a 21,000-mile, seven-year odyssey that begins in Ethiopia and ends in Tierra del Fuego. Outofedenlwalk.com houses experimental journalism, cartography and educational initiatives. For the walk’s storytelling, please visit outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com. (above taken from outofedenwalk.com)
I am so excited to be working with you on this project! I will post important articles and assignments in connection to our work with Out of Eden Learn. This will also be a forum for us to discuss, ask questions and reflect on our experiences.
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The key ideas of this project is something called "slow looking". In today's world, especially as high school students, you are overwhelmed by the fast pace that comes with media, technology in addition to your already busy schedules and lives. We move fast and rarely take the time to slow down and notice the world we live in. So much of what I have learned so far in my graduate program at Teachers College and Lincoln Center Education has been the idea of noticing. I learned that it is important to take a step back before interpreting or making judgements and first simply notice the literal in front of me.
Out of Eden Learn follows the philosophy that I believe in when it comes to "slow looking" because this world is a complex place where every aspect needs to be noticed. This project goes perfectly with our International Baccalaureate program for many reasons as well. This semester we are reading The Places In Between by Rory Stewart which is a travel narrative about his journey walking across Afghanistan.
One of our goals is to observe the world through difference lenses. As IB students, we must be able to empathize with people from different journeys of the world and attempt to see through their eyes. It is important for us as learners to be able to look at the world from multiple perspectives.
To read more about slow looking and complexity, refer to Sheri Tishman's blog post on Out of Eden Learn: CLICK HERE