It’s no secret that I love my job. I especially love teaching Shakespeare. Most of my teaching career, I have only taught Shakespeare once per year and in most cases Romeo and Juliet. However working at a performing arts school affords me with plenty of opportunity to promote the Bard. This year I have been given a Shakespeare class. I also coordinate our efforts and involvement in the Parker Shakespeare Festival. Last year I had my doubts about middle schoolers loving my man Will, but I was wrong. We increased student interest in studying more of Shakespeare’s work after our successes in the festival.
Joy Choice #4: There’s always time for Shakespeare and more Shakespeare and more Shakespeare.
I had so much work and so many projects to spend time on today. I needed my plan time to send emails, but instead, I worked on Shakespeare scenes with students. We worked on scenes from Antony and Cleopatra, Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When it came time to return to class, I was so centered and in high spirits. It made me so happy, and the projects and work I had to do—they kept. Sometimes you just have to take a moment to do what you love and share it with a few others.
“I wish you all the joy that you can wish” (The Merchant of Venice)
What joy did you share with others today?