Student revenge: assign a teacher homework!

"Neon Texas." In University District, San Antonio, TX, March 5, 2009. (Image via Flickr; click image for link and credits)

This April, when I return to the States and visit my family in Texas, I also am going to attend the huge conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, held this year in San Antonio. I’m reading fiction there, and I’m planning to reconnect with a bunch of scholars and colleagues I used to hang around with at PCA/ACA back when I went every year (living outside the States has meant I’ve missed it the last three times).

But I never go to PCA/ACA just for the socializing: I’m there to work, and I’m there to learn. In fact, the last two years I did attend, back in 2007 and 2008, I was teaching my freshman composition/research classes as courses in pop culture, and I had my students assign me panels to attend. It didn’t matter if I was interested in the subject or not (though, at PCA/ACA, it’s awfully hard not to be fascinated by everything on offer!) — I attended whatever panels the students chose, because they wanted to learn about something and it was my job to take notes and report back to them when I returned to the classroom. I loved doing this, because my students often sent me to panels I might not ordinarily have made time for, and I wound up learning a LOT of truly fascinating things on behalf of my students.

This year, I have no students to assign me homework, so I get to choose whatever panels I want. But this conference is HUGE, and the schedule tends to get rather overloaded every year, so I’m flush with choices and cannot decide which panels to pick.

So I turn to you, dear readers. Read through my shortlist on the PCA/ACA in SA page, and then assign me my homework! Send me to panels! Make me learn! And I promise to report back to you, here in this blog, just as I would report to my students.

You can find the polls page in the Popular Culture section of my Teaching tab, or just click the link above.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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