Today is Day 8 of the West Virginia Teacher Strike. Make no doubt, it is a cause I believe in with my whole heart. When I consider my colleagues -- your teachers, I am reminded of the hard work, heart, and aptitude I witness each and every day. I have tremendous respect for my fellow educators, and I'm fighting to keep them here -- at home in the Wild and Wonderful. But, that's for another post...
This post is to catch you up to speed with Hamlet, so we can hit the play button whenever we (joyfully) return to school. I'm not sure yet when that will be, but I am more than ready to get back to 729.
Today, some of us met up at Panera for some Hamlet reading, discussion, coffees, teas, and various impressive pastries.
Step 1 of the off-campus catch-up was...hugs!
Step 2 was to review where we left off before we parted ways -- the end of Act I. Remember how I drew that fairly elaborate, yet hastily sketched character map on the board? Remember how King Claudius is Hamlet's "uncle-father" and Gertrude his "aunt-mother"? Also, remember how Claudius was pretty insulting to Hamlet and his grief? Remember how Ghost Dad Old King Hamlet is like, hey son, your uncle was the real snake in the garden and poured poison in my ears and it was wicked gross, so like, you've got to go avenge my death? Remember Polonius and Laertes and Ophelia (the latter, Hamlet's gal who she promises is behaving honorably)? Remember, importantly, Hamlet's "antic disposition" he says he'll put on after he talks to Ghost Dad Old King Hamlet?
Yes, of course you do.
Step 3: We jumped into not only the pastries but the play. We successfully covered Act 2 scene i and the first half of the verrrrryyyy long Act 2 scene ii. Besides the absence of the white board, we had class. We read around the circle and stopped for clarification, notices, and discussion.
So, what now?
Act 2 is now officially independent study. Access whatever resources you need to accomplish this goal. When we return, of course, we'll make sure we get square and everyone feels confident before moving on, but...the show (or play, rather) must go on.
I am beyond excited to reconvene in our classroom, and I'm grateful to those of you who were able to attend today's meet up.
Missed today? If we are still on out on Wednesday, plan for another meet up! Same time, same place.
Until then, do something you enjoy, pick up a book, make some time to hang out with the Prince of Denmark. Much love to all.