Bethany Blankenship is dedicated to incorporating experiential learning into all her classes.
The primary architect of Stretch English, a course in college composition designed to help basic writers, Blankenship uses classroom time to build confident writers. She believes the best learning happens when students are fully engaged in activities like small group discussions, peer editing, and service learning projects. Blankenship’s students have worked on behalf of the Beaverhead County Humane Society, the Dillon Public Library, the Women’s Resource Center, and the Dillon Tribune.
Blankenship’s research on teaching and learning can be read in the books “MLA Approaches to Teaching The Canterbury Tales” and “Linked Courses for General Education and Integrative Pedagogy.” Her current book project, tentatively entitled “Experiencing Literature,” explores the intersection of experiential learning and literary studies.