The Planet We Live On (World Cultures and Geography)

1:00pm-2:30pm Wednesdays     Ages 10-13

In this course, students will examine the concept of culture in historical and global perspectives, and learn tools for cross-cultural comparative analysis with an emphasis on critical thinking. We will explore different cultures through stories, books, and poems. Students will read 5 to 6 carefully chosen texts representing various regions and time periods. The teacher will guide students through a critical analysis of the traditions and customs represented by the text. In addition to reading and discussing texts, students will participate in mapping and research activities. Introductory materials for each text will be prepared by a cultural anthropologist. A detailed syllabus will be ready to distribute before the start of the course. This class is appropriate for students at the 6th – 8th grade reading levels.

Teachers: Tinamarie Panyard and Stephanie Campos

Tinamarie Panyard is a professional storyteller (and mom to her delightful daughter Lottie). She has been working with children and adults throughout the country for over 25 years.  She spent 20 years in New York public and private schools as a teaching artist working with children and families, teaching geography, cultural studies, facilitating literacy, family literacy workshops and community building through drama, puppetry, mask making and storytelling.  Tinamarie has toured through schools around the country working with children on violence prevention and literacy programs. She was the Fringe Jr. Director of the New York International Fringe Festival for three years.  She also did a stint on Wall Street as a corporate writer. She has been the Operating Director of Different Directions since 2013.


Fall 2018: $325 + $20 materials fee

Sept. 12th, 26th; Oct. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st; Nov. 7th, 14th, 28th; Dec. 5th, 12th, 19th (13 days)

(No Classes Sept. 19th Yom Kippur, Nov. 21st Day before Thanksgiving)


Winter 2019: $250 + $20 material fee

Jan. 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th; Feb. 6th, 13th, 27th; March 6th, 13th, 20th (10 days)

(No Classes Feb. 20th Winter Break)


Spring 2019: $225 + $20 materials fee

March 27th; April 3rd, 10th, 17th; May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd June 5th (9 days)

(No Classes April 24th Spring Break)