Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and effective lesson ideas #1 – Post-it Pass the Parcel!

This is one of my favourite variations of what Alex Quigley, writer of The Confident Teacher, calls “Post it note pedagogy”. The mileage of this task depends very much on the subject and the topic; while it may not be appropriate for everything on the curriculum, it works a treat when revising concepts that provoke discussion! I sell this to my students (with tongue ever-so- slightly in cheek) as “the educational party game where everyone’s a winner..."

Essays

Results Day: Perfection is Overrated.

In this bizarre educational environment it can become very easy to convince yourself that every mistake you make in your learning counts as well, and - what is more - counts against you. How do you respond, then, when you get something wrong? How do you react when you fall short of perfection? The answer is simple, but it's one I wish that I had been told when I was at school...

Conference Papers, Essays

Antonio’s Revenge: The Metatheatrical Ghost

In this paper, I argue that throughout Antonio's Revenge Marston establishes a clear relationship between the appearances of ghostly characters and glaring shifts in his play’s tonal register. Specifically, ghosts – primarily the recurring figure of Andrugio – appear to both signpost and facilitate a gloriously self-aware metatheatrical undercurrent designed to entertain and emotionally unsettle the audience in equal measure. 

Essays

“I depart laughing”: Living Death in the “The Lady’s Tragedy”

Few plays explore the rich dramatic potential of living death as explicitly as Thomas Middleton’s The Lady's Tragedy (or, The Second Maiden’s Tragedy, as the play is sometimes known), a tragedy that in the first three acts alone presents suicide, grave-robbing, defiled corpses, and ghosts. Middleton did *not* do these things by halves.