“To be, or not to be”, that was the question for 30 school teachers from across Australia who took part in a year long mentorship with Bell Shakespeare in 2016. Journalist Fiona Stutz spoke with two Queensland members about how they have incorporated the practical experiences they learnt into their own classroom.
Bell Shakespeare, Australia’s only national touring theatre company, launched the Regional Teacher Mentorship for the first time in 2016. Thirty regional, rural and remote school teachers were awarded a fully funded mentorship with the company, which included four days of accredited professional learning at Bell Shakespeare headquarters in Sydney. The teachers received specialist training in practical and innovative strategies for teaching Shakespeare as well as being given the opportunity to collaborate and network with other regional education professionals from across the country.
Good Counsel College in Innisfail English teacher, Dr Alison Clifton, said she decided to apply for the mentorship to improve her teaching practice and gain an understanding of how to make learning about Shakespeare’s plays and poetry more engaging for her students.