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Where Will This Year Take Us?

A new school year is underway! As always, you’re doing the most important work on earth. As always, we’re with you. And we’re getting ready to share a whole new wave of support for you and your classrooms. Exciting stuff! Stay tuned. What’s in store for the Folger teaching family, including YOU? Where have we… Continue Reading »


The Big “R” Question: Relevance

In the teaching world, there’s a lot of talk about making texts relevant for today’s students. With Shakespeare, who asks the big, human questions, I have had success letting my students make their own connections to Shakespeare’s words, find and construct their own relevance. The Folger offers tons of active, performance-based approaches to connecting students… Continue Reading »


Director’s Statement on Charlottesville

Teaching colleagues, You are on our minds these days. We are with you. Please read the following statement from the Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Dr. Michael Witmore: Statement from Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library Aug 16, 2017 The Folger Shakespeare Library, a part of Amherst College, joins President Biddy Martin’s… Continue Reading »



Summer Break

Summer’s here and we’ll be on hiatus until August . Check back then for a new post—and have a very merry summer break. Cheers!


Teaching King Lear in Times of Grief

It was the start of term 2 in 2016 and I was preparing the Grade 12 students for our study of King Lear. We read an excerpt from The Little Prince. It was meant to introduce big questions around blindness, appearance, and reality. We used the line, ‘It is only with the heart that one… Continue Reading »


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