I am teaching English at Stanford University's Online High School, after graduating from UC Davis with a PhD in early modern English literature. Both at Davis and at the OHS, I have enjoyed a wonderful environment of pedagogical collaboration with my friends and colleagues. This blog will be a way for me to give back--to share the good ideas I've gathered from others (with credit given where it is due) and to contribute my own ideas back into the fold.
This has been especially important to me in this job where I am both inside and outside academia--I am teaching outside of my specialty, but at an incredibly advanced level for high school students. I have to move quickly to read some of the big names in scholarship in fields outside of my specialty because I am going beyond close-reading skills with my students; however, I need to remain accessible and clear in my instruction, because my students don't have any background in literary theory.
This blog will thus aim to span the divide between high school and undergraduate level teaching, what MLA President Margie Ferguson calls K-16 education.
Let me know if you want me to post about something in particular. Otherwise, enjoy!