• Finding My Blog Niche: Teaching Tips & Tools for the College Instructor

 

A Bit About Me

 

 

Hello! My name is Erika Romero and I am currently working on my PhD in English Studies at Illinois State University. My area of specialization is children’s and young adult literature (ChYALit), and I have a particular interest in this field’s connection to both pedagogy and fandom. I’ve created this website as a platform to share my thoughts and experiences related to my academic life. Along with this site, I also use Twitter to discuss topics related to my research and teaching. The domain name for this site is inspired by my Twitter handle, @ChYALitPhantom. So, without further ado, welcome and feel free to explore!

 

scholarship  ChYALit

 

A Bit About This Site

 

Blog

My academic passion definitely stems from teaching rather than research, so it’s hardly surprising that my dissertation is pedagogical in nature. But, while I have plenty of pages to fill now that I’m writing my dissertation, I also want a less academic outlet for writing about and discussing pedagogical practices, resources, experiences, etc. Here, then, I’ve finally found what I want for my blog’s niche and what I think my readers will benefit from the most. Rather than simply posting about various topics connected to my experiences as a reader, writer, teacher, student, fan, my blog posts after August 10th, 2018 will focus on the following content:

  • course design advice and practices
  • class activities designs and experiences
  • reviews of books and other texts that would fit well into the English Studies college classroom
  • tools and resources that work well for teaching/assessing/organizing
  • other advice for the college instructor

As more types of related content are suggested/requested via any post discussions, these ideas will also be incorporated in future posts. While not all of my blog posts in the past year have included content connected to this new focus (though many are relevant, especially June/July 2018), all of my posts will remain archived on my blog. I welcome you to see the journey I’ve been through to get to this point in my blogging life. Or, you can read more about my journey here. If you want to make sure not to miss any of this content, I suggest subscribing to my blog by filling out the form on my sidebar/footer.

 

Teach

The main page for this section includes a list of my past work experience tied to teaching. The subpages under this section include descriptions of the courses I’ve taught (i.e. course goals, booklists, assignments, etc.) and resources I’ve found and created for them, along with a description of my current teaching philosophy on the last subpage.

 

Research

The main page for this section lists the non-teaching academic work I’ve done that doesn’t fit neatly into the “conferences” or “publications” subpages. As the titles suggest, the first two subpages include an annotated list of the conference presentations I’ve given and my work that has been published. The final subpage will soon be updated with my research statement.

 

Create

On this page, I provide access to the various, completed, creative projects I work on during my personal time. If I feel like the project is worth sharing, I’ll add it to the list. If you use any of them, I’d love to hear from you about how they work out and/or if you experience any issues. You can use Twitter, the contact form on my sidebar, and/or a comment on the blog posts that I’ll likely write in connection to each project.