Teaching Books You Love

One curious thing about teaching literature (I don't know if it happens the same in other fields) is that students want to like or even love the things that you teach them. That sounds awesome! But actually I think liking can get in the way of the purposes for which we use texts in the … Continue reading Teaching Books You Love

Zooming Out: What Teaching Online Taught Me About Classroom Community

PALS is excited to welcome back Kristin Lacey for another guest post. Lacey is a PhD student at Boston University working on nineteenth-century American literature. In her post, Lacey documents changes she made for online teaching to help foster student interactions and community building. She explores how these online practices could be adapted for the … Continue reading Zooming Out: What Teaching Online Taught Me About Classroom Community

Working Together While Being Apart: Effective Pedagogical Experiments in a Hybrid Literature Survey Course

PALS is excited to welcome a guest post from Carie Schneider. Schneider is assistant professor and Director of Composition in the Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. In the post below, she outlines some tips for using the Google Suite in a hybrid survey course. As many of us … Continue reading Working Together While Being Apart: Effective Pedagogical Experiments in a Hybrid Literature Survey Course

PALS Roundtable: Digital Teaching Strategies in a Pandemic

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

PALS Summer 2020 Post Retrospective

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

Teaching with Discord: A beginner’s guide (written by a beginner)

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)

How Did Kurt Vonnegut Know There Would Be a Pandemic?

When we plan courses, our choices are deliberate, right? We conscientiously select texts and arrange them in meaningful ways to increase the odds of student engagement, and we envision particular learning outcomes based on the trajectories we spend months setting up. Yet, despite all the planning and preparation, sometimes the most profound moments of learning … Continue reading How Did Kurt Vonnegut Know There Would Be a Pandemic?

Tips for Faculty Teaching African American Languages and Literature

PALS is excited to welcome a guest post by Carly Overfelt. Overfelt writes about the mistakes that white people can make when teaching African American languages and literature and provides information about how to do this better in the classroom. Several weeks ago, a news story circulated on Twitter about a high school student who … Continue reading Tips for Faculty Teaching African American Languages and Literature

PALS Book Club: Intentional Tech, Intro-Chapter 3

Here at PALS we are on a bit of a kick with the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series from WVU Press. Caitlin Kelly recently wrote about Geeky Pedagogy, and I have been reading Intentional Tech by Derek Bruff. As, I mentioned in the first post, I want to turn my reading of the … Continue reading PALS Book Club: Intentional Tech, Intro-Chapter 3

Cookbooks Not Novels

I have kept a running list of things students have called novels: plays, essays, articles, both primary and secondary sources of all sorts, poems, textbooks, memoirs, and cookbooks. Given how often I teach cookbooks in the scope of the American Literary tradition I have perhaps encountered this term-swapping with “cookbooks” at a disproportionate rate. Before … Continue reading Cookbooks Not Novels

The Sound of Silence

I used to joke that I never liked my students as much as when they were taking a test. Heads done, writing with purpose, thinking hard: they just looked so studious. I have recently realized that there is more truth in that joke than I might have first thought. And the truth isn't necessarily about … Continue reading The Sound of Silence

Linguistically Responsive Teaching Strategies

Last spring, I made the decision to go back to school in order to obtain a Master of Arts in Education degree and my teacher certification. (Needless to say, I only made it through one of the books on my summer reading list). Upon my completion of this program, I hope to teach English Language … Continue reading Linguistically Responsive Teaching Strategies