Saturday, May 05, 2007

I enjoyed another satisfying day of outdoor teaching yesterday. Once again the weather was heavenly, so I held all my classes out in the garden beside my classroom. Under a bright sun and the bluest of skies, my students and I discussed Shakespeare, Dickens, poetry, and an assortment of English nuances. The air appeared to be utterly clear, almost as clear as the students’ voices seemed as they shared their thoughts and questions about the material at hand. In each class one student videotaped the class for a few minutes, and I’m eager to watch the tapes. This summer I hope to put together a DVD of my classes over this past year, of which this week’s open-air classes will surely form a special part. That segment might be entitled “English in Paradise”, or “Bird Songs, Bright Skies, and Literature”.

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