PALS welcomes a guest post from Kate Harlin. Harlin is an Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. In this post, she writes about the joys and challenges of planning and executing a contemporary literature seminar in her first job during a pandemic. This was going to be a weird semester no … Continue reading In These Uncertain Times: Embracing the Weird in a Contemporary Literature Seminar
While many of us have taught online before, we have not done so in the circumstances of a pandemic. Also, most of us have not been faced with a situation where the planning for our classes is so up in the air and where we have to switch between face to face plans and digital … Continue reading PALS Roundtable: Digital Teaching Strategies in a Pandemic
I walked out of a classroom for (what appeared) the last time in late April 2019. I remember it as a third-person memory. Walking out of the building, crossing the skywalk, thinking to myself I likely exited a classroom for the last time. I returned to the classroom that fall. The classes didn’t belong to … Continue reading How not to read literature like an English professor
PALS welcomes a post from Matthew Teutsch, who is director of the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. In this post, Teutsch writes about language in Huck Finn and investigates moments where it, for examples, includes or excludes some characters from recognizing other character's humanity. While I was in Norway, I taught Mark Twain's … Continue reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Language
An Edit: I want to engage in an experiment. Below you'll find the skeleton of a post that first appeared in November 2019. Originally, I modeled the post after click-bait YouTube videos. I dashed the post off quickly. The posts central argument remains lodged in my thoughts, even though I made quick work of writing … Continue reading Is this the End of PALS? – Revisiting a Reflection
During the Before Times, academic summer, running roughly between the start of May and the week after Labor Day, represented a sparse time for PALS site viewership. Yes, we do share new pieces during the summer, but the posts don't always receive the same viewership as posts published outside of academic summer. One great thing … Continue reading PALS Summer 2020 Post Retrospective
Towards the end of the summer we put out a Twitter call for a crowdsourced list of online materials useful for teaching. We heard a wealth of responses from our followers. In the past, we would have turned all those tweets into a Twitter Moment. Alas the Twitter Moments feature is basically unusable. It has … Continue reading Crowdsourced Online Resources for Teaching
Dear College Professor, I’m Teaching High School during the Covid-19 pandemic. IMG_0429 via Xavier R. Chen At some point during your own cycle of on-again-off-again, in-person, mask-mandatory, mask-optional, socially distanced, hybrid, remote, online teaching this fall, you might think “gosh, I wonder how they’re doing it in high school right now? What’s this going to … Continue reading Pandemic Distance High School
Editor's Note: PALS is excited to share this guest post on teaching with Discord from Mark Bresnan. In this post, Mark walks us through the ins and outs of getting started with Discord, while also addressing both the benefits and potential concerns with the popular online service. Last spring, when my institution announced they were … Continue reading Teaching with Discord: A beginner’s guide (written by a beginner)
Why Meme Moby-Dick? You don’t have to be a long-time follower of PALS to know that we post a lot of Moby-Dick content on our Twitter account. And the PALS site, too. Really, though, saying we post a lot of Moby-Dick content doesn’t explain the entirety of our fixation. In general, we post a lot … Continue reading Why Moby-Dick?
Statement of Support Black Lives Matter. PALS celebrates the lives of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among so many others whose lives were tragically taken due to racism in the US. We mourn with the people who knew and loved them. We condemn the police officers who murdered Taylor and Floyd. We acknowledge that their … Continue reading Black Lives Matter: Be an Ally in the Classroom
This spring I had a rare chance to teach a literature survey course that is required for our English majors and minors. I taught a similar course as a doctoral student at the University of Missouri nearly a decade ago, which has remained my favorite course for all of those years. Both then and now, … Continue reading What’s in a survey?