I never thought I’d become an educator, in any sense of the word. When I was an undergraduate, I wanted to be a marine biologist, not an educator. Well, chemistry really did a number on me, so I changed majors, moving from biology to secondary education with a focus on biology and minor in English. I am, for the most part, an introvert, and … Read More Why Do I Teach?
Over the past two years, I have taught three multicultural American literature courses, at various levels from sophomore to graduate. This fall, I am teaching my fourth, and I am doing things a little differently because it is an upper level course. As I constructed each of the previous courses, I purposefully thought about a wide variety of texts and assignments for students. I … Read More Multicultural American Literature Syllabus 2021
How do I construct a syllabus? Why do I choose the authors I choose? Why do I choose the texts? Out of all the writers and works of literature, how do I narrow down what I want students to read during a sixteen week semester? Well, today I’m going to talk some about my thought process when constructing my syllabi. I do this, some, … Read More How I Construct My Syllabi
Whenever I read comics, I always pay attention, of course, to the juxtaposition between the text and images and the ways that they work in tandem to convey meaning. I pay attention to the gutters and the spaces that my mind fills in, either spatially or temporally. Each of these aspects is important, but for me, lately, paying attention to the page layout is … Read More The Importance of Layouts in Comics
Every semester, I post the syllabi for the course I am teaching. This semester, I am teaching “Multicultural American Literature,” a graduate level course for education majors. It is an online, asynchronous course, so my approach differs from the face to face classes or online synchronous courses I teach. Since students in this course are education majors, I wanted to focus on things that … Read More Multicultural American Literature and Pedagogy Syllabus