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Peggy Says: A Walk on the Wild Side

Lots of buzz around the Folger these days because Janet Griffin, Artistic Producer of the Folger Theatre, and Robert Richmond, director of our upcoming production of Richard III, are taking a walk on the wild side. You know about the theatre here, right?  Background in case you don’t:  Folks here sometimes call the Folger Theatre… Continue Reading »


Introducing… Folger Office Hours

After our master class in December on teaching Romeo and Juliet, we got so many great questions on the play and on how to make Shakespeare a success in the classroom. We wanted the conversation to continue, and so we thought to ourselves, why not create a dedicated time each month for teachers to share… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare In December: They go, they go, look how they go

By David Fulco     As the cold weather sets in, the auditorium in a small school gets used more frequently than before. Where in the fall my Shakespeare Troupe had the run of the auditorium after school, now we split the space with cheerleaders, holiday concerts and even the basketball team, which uses the… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare Festivals: Getting Students On Their Feet

Something very special happens when you have students up on their feet, with Shakespeare’s language in their mouths, performing for each other, and learning from each other. That’s what we try to make happen each year at our Secondary School Shakespeare Festival. In March, we’re bringing together 48 schools, with students in grades 7-12, from… Continue Reading »


Master Class Musings: Success!

Last month, Folger Education streamed a live master class on Teaching Romeo and Juliet. Hundreds of teachers participated, and afterward we asked for your feedback. The response was so positive! Many of the teachers surveyed said they appreciated the well-rounded approach embodied by our three video segments on scholarship, performance, and the classroom. Here’s a… Continue Reading »


Adapting Macbeth in Thailand: The Thane and I

Guest post by Jessica Lander The large dented cauldrons of spicy green curry, red curry and duck soup were cloaked in hovering fog and steamy air of the monsoon season.  It was evening at the Gate Market in the heart of the old city of Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand. As I slurped a bowl… Continue Reading »


Teacher Tuesday: Shakespeare and Flipped Classrooms

Flipped classrooms are getting a lot of buzz right now. Can the model be used to successfully teach Shakespeare? In a flipped classroom, instruction is offered during homework time (often in the form of short videos online), and teachers focus more on implementation activities while students are in the classroom. Advocates say that students engage… Continue Reading »


The Folger’s Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

The Folger Shakespeare Library is a hotbed of education staff, scholars, actors, directors, curators, librarians, docents, and digital geeks in Washington, DC, teamed up with teachers all over the country – in an endless collaboration focused on your teaching and your students’ learning. What do we believe about teaching and learning? Read on: 1. We… Continue Reading »


Peggy Says: Thoughts from Folger Education's Director

In the rush of the holiday season, our director of education, Peggy O’Brien, pauses to offer these reflections, looking back at NCTE 2013 and ahead to a bright future! On the Folger’s presence at NCTE… What a thrill to be in the midst of so many English teachers!  What possibly could be better? It’s so… Continue Reading »


Teacher Tuesday: Creating Characters

Giving life to one of Shakespeare’s plays is as easy as speaking his words aloud. Actors, however, become their parts – making a human character breathe out of words on a page. You don’t have to be Derek Jacobi or Helen Mirren, though. To be a thoughtful actor, you just need to have an idea of… Continue Reading »