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Team Teaching Shakespeare

Educational television. English KS3 students work together in an introductory lesson on analysing Shakespeare. English teacher, Karen McWilliam, and lead teacher in English Carol Weale, joined their Year 9 classes together to provide fresh ideas about teaching Shakespeare. Building on the classes’ knowledge of iambic pentameter, Karen asks the students to look at two speeches by contrasting characters: Macbeth and Puck.

By looking at the rhythm of the verses and the number of syllables in each line of the verses, the students build up an understanding of the emotional state of each character, without looking at the language. Karen leads the lesson with Carol’s supporting her, assisting with discipline and adding an extra dimension to the teaching.

Although team-teaching has potential risks, their similar teaching styles help ensure the lessons run smoothly.
Great Secondary Lesson Ideas
Great Britain
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12 Nov 2011
6 mins

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Macbeth; Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Drama; Education; Shakespeare
drama teaching; poetry; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); teacher training; team teaching; Verse speaking


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Teachers’ TV

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Funded by the Department for Education, Teachers’ TV was a producer and supplier of over 3,600 free videos and lesson resources to support the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Previously broadcast on digital television, the service became exclusively online from 31 August 2010, with programmes being available for free online viewing or download. Thge DfE terminated the contract with Teachers TV and delivery via the website ceased on 29 April 2011, with the programmes being offered to educational distributors free online delivery. Further details from the DfE website Until 29 April 2011 programmes from Teachers Television were streamed on the website and available for download to registered users (free registration). Programmes are aimed at primary and secondary school teachers in all subject areas, as well as headteachers and governors, and include observation of teaching sessions, materials for use in the classroom and discussion of issues relevant to education. Teachers TV was funded by the Department for Education but the contract ended in April 2011 and the programmes are being offered to educational distributors to deliver free at the point of use from their websites. Details of which titles are available in this way are on the DfE website



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