A while ago, Mansoor Alam posted a comment on our Top Tips for Shakespeare Teachers page suggesting that Shakespeare shouldn't always be taught - rather, the teacher's role is to guide students towards appreciation.
Here's the comment:
Shakespeare should only sometimes be taught! The students should be given maximum opportunity to "know" and "sense" Shakespeare for themselves - the teacher should only help them achieve this goal. Shakespeare can never really be taught!
I think this is great advice ... and something that teachers preparing for the new academic year should take on board. The best way to appreciate Shakespeare is to fall in love with the poetry, the rhythm and the texture of the text - and that's not easy to achieve with "Chalk and Talk!"
Do you have any advice for fellow teachers preparing for the new term? If so, leave a comment on our Top Tips for Shakespeare Teachers page.
In the meantime, Happy New Term!