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

On not teaching in a pandemic…

A new essay last went up on our site April 1, 2021. It does not escape us that the post went up on April Fools Day.  Not that it means anything.  I encourage you to read the post, one of the most popular of the year. Kristin Lacey covers how we might adapt community building … Continue reading On not teaching in a pandemic…

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

On Losing What You Never Had

This post marks my first in over a year. I didn’t plan for that to be the case, and last January I had begun to sketch out a series of essays that I was excited to write for the blog. And then the pandemic hit. Like most others, I found myself overwhelmed just trying to … Continue reading On Losing What You Never Had

Is this the End of PALS? – Revisiting a Reflection

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

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

Pandemic Distance High School

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

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)

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

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?