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‘Tis No Place Like Home


I learned through my Washington DC trip that seven days of Hamlet makes one weak. *ka-boom* Seriously, between the humidity, challenging schedule, walking briskly everywhere, and trying to eat healthily on a restaurant diet, I was glad to return home. I am ever so glad to have experienced Summer Academy, yet Dorothy got it right when she told Auntie Em, “Oh, there’s no place like home.” I freely admit to being a creature of known comforts such as my closet, refrigerator, and favorite health food store. 

Before I move on to my next big event of this summer–an AP Conference (no planes or time zones involved), I want to close out my Hamlet KWL chart: my What I Know, What I Want to Know, What I Learned.

What I Know

  • I already knew Hamlet was my favorite Shakespeare play, hence the  incentive to apply to the Folger Summer Academy.
  • Once I accepted, I knew there was going to be some personal discomfort ranging from dipping into the savings account to flying all by my lonesome and finding my way around megatropolis east coast city.
  • I knew I would would be pushed out of my social comfort zone. Gregarious hermits tend to exhibit coping problems at intensive social events.

What I Still Need To a Know

  • I still need to figure out how to assimilate all the wealth of information into my curriculum.
  • I need to know how I can return to the Folger Institute without having to fly there.
  • I would like to know how I can express my enthusiasm and wonder of Shakespeare to not only my students, but also to my friends and family, without appearing as a crazy English teacher. I am terming myself as a Bardinator, someone who appreciates Shakespeare to the point of edginess.

What I Learned–that’s a blog entry unto itself

  • I learned I get crazy before a big trip, worrying and anticipating about details that become trivial and insignificant in the grand plan.
  • I painfully learned when it comes to packing–go for the wheeled suitcase. The weight of a strapped bag increases significantly with each change of planes.
  • I can learn to adapt to most situations.
  • I also learned hotel pillows are never as comfortable as the ones at home.
  • I continually learn about selecting common sense over fashion sense, especially when walking in the rain.
  • I also continually learn that meeting new people and exchanging ideas is an integral component of a fulfilling life.

 For your viewing enjoyment–a wee bit of our Hamlet week: 
NOTE: thanks to the absolutely incredible staff at both the Folger Education Center and at the Folger Library for their hospitality, expertise, generosity, and impartation of how thrilling it is to live and breathe Shakespeare.

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9 thoughts on “‘Tis No Place Like Home

  1. Dave Quayle on said:

    Nothing wrong with being a crazy English teacher. I owe an awful lot to one.

  2. I enjoyed reading your post. I did notice that you were by yourself at times. I’m the same way. I don’t mind socializing, but I don’t always feel comfortable. Thanks for making yourself approachable when we had dinner that evening.

    • I tend to dwell in my hermitage yet I am very glad to socialize; alas, the art of conversation does not flow as one of my graces. I appreciated sharing a meal with a fellow Hamleteer, especially one who has such rich experiences. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  3. It is amazing how a trip out of the comfort zone can push our boundaries and make us realise we can do these things more often. Adding literature into the travelling plans is something I wish to do in the future.

  4. My favorite Shakespeare plays are all his vomedies. There are still serious moments and messages. Especially “Comedy of Errors,” “Taming of the Shrew,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” They are timeless about interpersonal relationship skills and how things can go awry with miscommunication! 🙂

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