Re: snapshots

Ted Nellen (tnellen@MBHS.BERGTRAUM.K12.NY.US)
Tue, 9 Jan 1996 15:09:25 -0500

On Tue, 9 Jan 1996, John Oughton wrote:

> .Interesting story from Steve Krause about Bob and his disdain for
> Shakespeare and his younger students' respect for the same great works. I'm
> not suprised.

My first encounter with Shakespeare wa sin Vietnam when I walked into a
Red Cross for coffee and saw a bookshelf. Knowing I had some time to
kill, I strolled over and just picked up a copy of Shakespeare's Troilus
and Cressida. I read it in one sitting and was blown away by it. I was
18 years old. I don't remember studying Shakespeare in high school
though I must have. In college after nam I studied Him in the
traditional way, boring. Not until I saw my first performance. When I
became a teacher and had the opportunity to teach Him, I chose the early
comedies, CE, TS, TGV, Dream, AYL and H4i. The class performed the
plays. They read them as perfomance in preparaiton for a final
production at the end of the term.. This class was always in demand and
the performances were first rate. Shakespeare wrote for the stage
not for the classroom. To teach Him in the classroom is sacreligious.

Ted 8-)