Folger Community Conversation: Teaching Literature During COVID-19 - Shared screen with speaker view
Is anyone teaching Othello or Romeo & Juliet with distance learning? If so, can I get your contact info to discuss how you are doing this?
Hi, Antoinette! We'll be setting up play-specific groups for you all in a bit!
I’m doing Romeo & Juliet through through my screen this year! Starting next Monday. firstname.lastname@example.org
My mic isn't working, but I'm struggling with getting out of the way with online learning! For example, kids had small group discussion, and I really struggled to not jump in a bunch, partially because kids (and I) just don't really know how to do discussion without visual cues. Feel like I've lost some "getting out of the way gains"
It's my computer
Not on your end!
How did they send the video’s in to you?
Especially to Brendan: I wonder if your students would be willing to (or you would be willing) to share some of the videos as models for another group of students? I've already assigned memorizing of 100 words … I like your idea that they act and record, too.
We use Schoology at my school, so they were actually able to submit .MOV files straight to the site.
I don’t think they’d mind! I have a few examples available to share if anyone’s interested.
Flipgrid is an awesome option for videos. You can create a "Flipgrid" for the students by inputting all their student IDs, then they can film their videos and submit to you. I use it for the Debate class for them to submit their speeches to me over this period.
Me as well.
Drop in/Drop out allows for more asynchronous learning
Flipgrid is going to be a huge asset in my R&J toolkit
I second FlipGrid! Also, you can make a FlipGrid "roll", stringing together a bunch of videos together to then share out with Ss
That sounds absolutely wonderful!
Amazing, thank you!
You can also share feedback on Flipgrid. I love it.
I'm interested in the Flipgrid, can anyone send it to me?
Donna, https://info.flipgrid.com/ - it's great too because the kids don't need accounts, only you as the educator.
ok - I have to learn Flipgrid! My student have google “classroom IDs”, so I have to see if they can use this tool too.
teaching The Tempest
Thank you Erica!
They can sign in with an email as well. There are different options for how you link the kids to the flipgrid.
I'm doing Hamlet and The Tempest
Additionally, Screencastify is Beta-testing a student submission platform called "Screencastify Submit" - basically like FlipGrid, but you as the teacher just send out a link, Ss open the link, record the video, and submit - and the video goes straight to your Google Drive!
I’ve been using Loom for Screencasts. Great tool that’s not platform specific
I'd like the 15 min. Othello
No Fortinbras, like in the David Tenant RSC version….Shocking!
Stefanie Jochman had a great blog post about promptbooks on the Folger site that I have been using for the past few years.
How do we get texts of the play?
Folger editions are all online
Folger Digital Texts.org!
These are great -- will definitely use these ideas!
The Choose Your Own Adventure format is fantastic! I definitely want to try that in my future composition classes.
Just wanted to clarify about the line activity is it the same as the line toss?
Carol, yes! Line tossing! :)
Or you could do two-line scenes virtually.
Question: What about introducing kids to Shakespeare for the first time via virtual learning? My 8th graders are used to me because I taught them in 7th grade and we just finished a big poetry unit, but my current 7th graders are terrified. They have no experience with Shakespeare, and normally we’d play games to get their feet wet—any suggestions for how to begin? (7th is doing Midsummer and 8th is doing Comedy)
Do your students have access to technology?
Yes! Though a few are sharing laptops with siblings and parents
Start with Pop Sonnets!
Are there examples of kids doing line tossing or choral reading on Zoom? I'd love to see how that looks/sounds/works
WE are all first year teachers again...
I’m teaching Romeo and Juliet (9th graders) and Henry IV Part 1 (10th) to students with dyslexia. It’s been challenging to get my passion across to the students on zoom - that’s kind of my big hook and it’s lost. Any help guidance on teaching students with LD.
use audio and they can mimic the lines
Andrew, have you thought about using screen sharing to have some visuals to integrate with your face-to-face presentation?
Perhaps incorporating some large-text slides with your audio lessons.
Hi Molly. I’m in the exact same boat. 7th graders have never done a word of Shakespeare and are starting “Midsummer” tomorrow. I like to start with Act I, Scene 2. It’s a very easy scene to understand, and the language is not tricky. This will build their confidence.
I think this crisis has made us so much more aware of the equity issues on American education.
Thanks, Peggy and Corinne et al, I'm off to a School Board meeting at 8:00 where they're discussing the (failed) budget... one Zoom to another … Thanks for all the help.
Re equity: My students are (mostly) in the higher echelons — one thing I learned from their Hamlet videos is that some of them have bedrooms bigger than my apartment.
Some of my AP students really are still starting with literature -- these methods help build a gap for those who don't have the skills but have leapt into AP.
I second you, Darice!
Thank you all for the content and the companionship. I've got to sign off!
Also love these "low tech solutions" because all of us are on devices too much now -- kids and we should get away from screens, even when we have them. That's why in-person class is good, right, partially escape from screens/interacting with the world aroundus
I feel like in this situation, it could be an interesting option to use Michael LoMonico's movie activity with an opening scene in this option.
Erica, yes, that activity is MAGIC
Let the kids be creative designers / experts so they can feel like they are the expert the scene - then pair it with Shakespeare, something they aren't an expert on. It can feel less scary.
Can I get LoMonico's movie activity?
Donna, it's on Forsooth. One key thing is that kids share out as if they're the director/actor/costume designer, so they say what "I chose" to do with the scene. Magic!
I'd want to use video resources even more in the online environment than in the classroom environment. Does Folger have scene by scene video libraries for the major plays?
I heard that the Globe will be making six plays available for free streaming, including R&J, Hamlet, etc.
Lomo’s film activity above
Darice, yes! April 6!
how could I send an idea to be posted on the website?
I'm not sure I'm going to tackle a play, but would love to try online Folger methods with poetry later on, if anyone has done that and wants to share/collaborate!!!
Thank you to everyone!!!!
Hear, hear, Patricia!
This is where we can really see the best in education...sharing ideas and our hearts. Thank you, Peggy and Folger.
More about Lomé film activity
YES. Hearing these ideas/seeing these faces is one of the few things that's made me feel energized about online learing!!!
Peggy, I am PS
The New Yorker wrote a spoof of Shakespeare writing King Lear during the time of the plague...it's great for a laugh..
Have you guys seen SirPatStew reciting Sonnet 116 on Twitter???! OMG…
*PSYCHED about these community building activities for Shakespeare's birthday!
Excited to collaborate!
(Other) Henry IV Part 1
Yes, Patricia! He’s been doing a sonnet a day!
Thank you Peggy!!!!
Thank you! So many good ideas!
Thank you, Peggy.
Thank you all!
Thank you everyone at FolgerEd! So cool to see TSI friends on here too :)
Thank you Peggy!
Thank you so much!
Thanks everyone! These community meetings are so invigorating!
Thank you very much
Karla and I are both on Twitter if anyone has any follow up Qs.
Thank you very much.
Thank you to ALL of you!! Love this Folger family!
Thank you, everyone. You are inspiring!
THANK you !!! Keep positive
Thank you everyone. You're CRUSHING it.
You guys are the Incredibles of education !
Thank you Peggy and Folger team. Can a teacher join more than one affinity group?
Thank you for the amazing ideas!
Thank you for helping me feel less adrift during this difficult time!
Thank you !!
Thank you so much. This was really useful. So appreciate all that you are doing
Thank you all so much!