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

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”

Oops, we did it again…

A Short Guide to Classroom Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic The Sitch In Spring 2020 they shut down our campuses, locked the doors and turned off all the lights, and sent us home to teach by Zoom. In Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, many of us continued to teach fully or primarily online, whether that … Continue reading Oops, we did it again…

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

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

How not to read literature like an English professor

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

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Language

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

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