8, March 2016 § Leave a comment
The first week of the spring semester is underway and students are attending their initial classes in order to make a decision about which areas to concentrate in. It’s exciting and everyone is hoping to do more than they can practically handle. All will settle in, as usual, by the end of next week.
We have students from China, India, Norway, Canada and the US as well as Greek students so we are truly an international community. The faculty are currently evaluating the level of each student and adapting their teaching to accommodate and facilitate the abilities of each. With a small group this is not only easy but also vital to our philosophy of individualized instruction. The Socratic method, first used and explored by the Greek philosopher of that name, is our modus operandi. We pose open ended questions, allow for personal interpretations and expect impassioned and imaginative answers. The digital photography class has several returning students who will bring their experience and expertise to elevate the level of the instruction. The same holds true for painting where three of the students are second or third term students who can share opinions and aesthetic ideas. This Friday our first hike will take place above the town of Lefkes in the valley behind the windmills. Afterward we will all share a taverna meal at Flora’s. After all, eating well is part of a life well lived.