As a young teacher at the beginning of my career, taking the leap to attend a 2.5-week institute with more experienced and seasoned teachers who were all complete strangers was scary to say the least. Even when applying, I felt like I didn’t have the knowledge or skills necessary to justify my attendance at an institute meant to explore how to teach Shakespeare effectively. This was even reinforced during our pre-trip Zoom meetings, when I was consistently one of the least experienced in terms of teaching Shakespeare. I have only ever taught Romeo & Juliet, so I felt like my inexperience was apparent in every conversation.
Adaptations of Shakespeare….Utah…three weeks…away from my family, my friends and out of my comfort zone. BUT….it’s Shakespeare!!! And it’s three weeks! Away from home…and out of my comfort zone!! It’s safe to say that I’m just a little scared, and a little excited, and a little hesitant to push the submit button. Am I qualified? Am I what they are looking for? Am I ready for something this intense? Yet again…it’s Shakespeare! Surrounded by people who GET IT…three intense weeks of eating, breathing and discussing my most favorite topic. In a place I have never been, with people I have never met, with a chance of traveling, road tripping, and the ultimate hotel stay! SUBMIT!