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Join a Folger Session at NCTE 2015 in Minneapolis!

  Heading to the NCTE Convention this week in Minneapolis? We hope you’ll connect with us there! Here’s how: Attend a session. Check out our full lineup of Friday sessions: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 Room 102ABC 9:30-10:45AM “The Folger Approach, Part 1: Getting Started with Shakespeare’s Language” Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Folger Glenda Funk, Highland (ID)… Continue Reading »


In Thanksgiving for Teachers

  Because we’re headed toward Thanksgiving, and because we are thankful for you and what you do always, I want to share a list that was my entire keynote at the Stratford (Ontario) Festival’s annual fall education conference last month. My list/talk was—of course—about teachers. PEGGY O’BRIEN’S TEN ABSOLUTE TRUTHS ABOUT TEACHERS You have the… Continue Reading »


5 Ways to Connect with Folger Education Today and throughout 2016

Next week, we’ll have the chance to connect with thousands of teaching colleagues at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in Minneapolis. (Check back here soon for the scoop on our conference sessions and teaching demos, exhibit hall booth, flash mob, and giveaways!) We hope to meet—or, in many cases, reconnect… Continue Reading »


WELCOME TO OUR NEW BLOG!

Big news, teaching colleagues: We’ve got a new blog, and we heartily welcome you to it! Teaching Shakespeare! A Folger Education Blog brings you classroom ideas and reflections from colleagues across the country, along with all kinds of cool news from your friends at Folger Education. With the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016,… Continue Reading »


Halloween at the Folger

  Join us tomorrow for Halloween fun, family, and Shakespeare. And candy. Lots of candy.  


James Shapiro and The Year of Lear

By Folger Education   Last week, the Folger hosted a book launch for our colleague James Shapiro’s The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. Shapiro, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and member of the Folger Board of Governors, discussed how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the… Continue Reading »


How to Make ALL Students Fall in Love with Close Reading

This summer I had the privilege of participating in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Summer Academy. During this week-long intensive program, I was given multiple strategies for teaching Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other Shakespearean works.   I learned that I should allow the students to perform scenes according to how they interpret the language…. Continue Reading »


Instagram + Hamlet = Instagr(H)am-let!

At the end of TSI 2014, I made a pledge that I would not read the syllabus to my class on the first day of school.   After a summer collaborating with some of the most innovative teachers in the country, it did seem a shame that I would return to my classroom and fall… Continue Reading »


About a Book

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to participate in a printing workshop at Folger using a replica of a printing press like the ones used in Shakespeare’s time. The invention and popularity of the printing press changed the way books were produced, increasing the output and cutting the cost of making a book…. Continue Reading »


Words, Whitman, and Water: What You’re Hearing in School These Days

By Folger Education   In this month’s Bard Notes, Peggy O’Brien asked our teaching colleagues one question: What’s the most compelling sentence—from the mouth of a student or a teacher or a principal — that you’ve heard in the last week? And…wow! Here’s what you shared:   “We are ALL here to learn.” – Maureen Berzok… Continue Reading »


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