I'm going to go back to blogging just here. I'm not blogging nearly enough anymore for two blogs, and it just doesn't make as much sense to keep both of them running. School and education issues will be here. So will mundane life issues, like buying a car.
So, what's new?
(1) Over the summer, I decided that it would be very worthwhile to read a Shakespeare play and then see it live. I searched around for local theaters performing Shakespeare, and ended up with the logical choice - the Folger Shakespeare Library, where I studied at the NEH-funded Teaching Shakespeare Institute a couple of summers ago. They were performing Much Ado About Nothing in the fall, so I would teach that play and then we would go and view it. The plan involved some risks - I would could choose the play, but something could happen with the field trip, or it could be sold out. Because it would have sold out otherwise, the plan also involved me buying the tickets before school began, putting out my own money. Also, I had real issues with chaperones and help. However, I'm happy to say that the field trip and the play was an overwhelming success. I have honestly never had so much fun at a play, and I think the students really enjoyed it and got a lot out of viewing it.
(2) I present at the National Council of English Teachers Conference on Friday. The presentation isn't finished yet.
(3) Very, very busy. Can't even think about buying a car right now. Too busy.
(4) Will be gone through Sunday, then parents come down on Wednesday for Thanksgiving. Need to clean the house!
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