This past weekend began our latest summer of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute!
TSI, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, gives us the opportunity to meet 25 secondary teachers from all over the country, and explore performance-based teaching with them for their own classroom experience.
TSI is a bustling time at the Folger, with our summer scholars here every weekday for 4 weeks (and the occasional Saturday for Reading Room time). The energy is invigorating, and the discussions we’ve already been able to have with these classroom teachers from near and far has been enlightening.
We’re hoping that some of our summer scholars will have time in their busy schedule during TSI to share their own thoughts and ideas with you firsthand – we will see how that turns out between 8 hours of TSI per day, plus rehearsals, plus trips and special events, etc. In the meantime, I can tell you that they’re re-reading and discussing The Comedy of Errors, getting on their feet with performance-based teaching methods, learning about Web 2.0 in the classroom, performing scenes for each other, and getting to know the resources available at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Next week it’s a new play, a new set of projects, and a new series of lectures and discussions.
Everybody will have tomorrow off to catch their breath before plunging in again, so enjoy your Independence Day, if you’re in America, and we’ll hope to share some firsthand TSI experience with you next time!