Work in Life in the Iron Mills, “A Church Mouse,” and “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

What do Life in the Iron Mills, "A Church Mouse," and "Bartleby, the Scrivener" have in common? My first instinct would probably be to answer: not much. Yet, I teach all of these three texts together in a sequence that is focused on work, and while all very different, they fit together well to ask … Continue reading Work in Life in the Iron Mills, “A Church Mouse,” and “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

Book Spotlight: Creating Captivating Classes: A Guide for Kink, Sexuality, and Relationship Presenters

The Why I purchased Creating Captivating Classes: A Guide for Kink, Sexuality, and Relationship Presenters by Shay and Stefanos Tiziano for several reasons. First, the table of contents suggested a huge range of teaching topics covered throughout the book. The depth and breadth of topics captured my attention because many introductory teaching books I see … Continue reading Book Spotlight: Creating Captivating Classes: A Guide for Kink, Sexuality, and Relationship Presenters

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

In These Uncertain Times: Embracing the Weird in a Contemporary Literature Seminar

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

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

Crowdsourced Online Resources for Teaching

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

Black Lives Matter: Be an Ally in the Classroom

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

What’s in a survey?

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?

Considering the Academic Identity of Honors Students

It has officially been a month since the last time I was physically in a school. Throughout my own transition to online learning, as a student and a student teacher, I have been reflecting upon what it means to be both a student and a teacher constantly. Earlier this semester, I wrote a paper on … Continue reading Considering the Academic Identity of Honors Students

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?