stopped teaching Shakespeare, a course I had taught for something like thirty consecutive years. In fact from time to time students would mistakenly call me Mr. Shakespeare. My fellow Shakespeare Society members called me "Shake 'n Bake".
I thin kthat some folks who didn't read this blog may assumed that I had become so enraptured by educational technology that I had no more time for more soulful pursuits. But my reasons were quite different-- I had not become tired of Shakespeare. I had become tired of myself. I felt I had become a kind of entertainer:
I had the sense in class that I was performing. All modesty aside, these were good performances, but I could almost see myself teaching as I taught (not good).
Well, I think I am ready to go back. I have been sounding out members of the drama department about teaching a Shakespeare class that would combine literature study with dramatization. If they agreed, I believe, we might create one of the most popular courses in the school. Regardless, I think I could make the course far more experiential even if they did not want to help me rebuild the class. In other words, I have new ideas. Time has given me a fresh approach to the Bard. He didn't need it; I did.
Who knows what the next school year will bring. But if it brings Shakespeare, I am ready to end my separation and recommit to my old flame.
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