Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

Listening to Shakespeare's Plays

  Performance helps bring Shakespeare alive, and listening to his words being spoken brings them off the page and into a new relevance for students. With the Folger Shakespeare Library launching a new series of Shakespeare audio editions, teachers now have access to unabridged texts from the gold standard Folger Editions performed by a full… Continue Reading »


Advice for Shakespeare teachers: What to do on the first day of school

Guest post by Deborah Gascon Eighteen years ago, days before my first year teaching began, my principal gave me the best advice I’ve ever heard about the first day of school. She simply said, “Make the students want to come back.” She told me to forget the syllabus and classroom procedures—the students won’t retain those… Continue Reading »


TSI Reflections: "Dive into the words with relish"

Before the 2014  Teaching Shakespeare Institute began, we did a couple blog posts with some reflections from TSI alumni from 2010 and 1991. Now, with the 2014 TSI behind us but still fresh in our minds, we’d like to share another set of reflections from a TSI alum, Gabriel Fernandez, who participated in the 2012… Continue Reading »


Capturing Life at the 2014 Teaching Shakespeare Institute

What is it about the Teaching Shakespeare Institute that led one alumnus to describe it as “the best way on the planet to learn more about Shakespeare and become a better teacher”? We’re proud of the 30-year milestone that TSI reached this year, proud of the impact it’s made on American education since the first summer institute… Continue Reading »


Evidence-Based Argument: Shakespeare and the Common Core

Guest post by Josh Cabat Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to attend both a week-long workshop on reading strategies at Teachers College and the week-long AP English Language and Composition prep course sponsored by the College Board. In so many ways, these two activities are diametrically opposed, certainly in terms… Continue Reading »


NCTE is coming to us – and we're ready!

This year the NCTE Annual Convention will be right in our backyard. The convention space at National Harbor in Maryland is less than 10 miles away from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. So mark your calendars for Nov. 20-23! NCTE has just released the convention schedule, so let’s go ahead and highlight the sessions sponsored by Folger Education.