Sunday, February 14, 2016

ARS2.2: "Exploring the Roles of In-Class Tutors"

Tutors take on many different roles through their experiences in the writing center. Whether they are working with students who schedule appointments in the center, are working with teachers on presentations, or are embedded in the classroom, writing center work is at the heart of what tutors are doing with students and how they structure those moments. However, feedback and approach are critical to being effective in different or new areas. Consider how embedding tutors into the classroom might impact learning. How might this change the consultation? Consider also how permanent embedding in a classroom (like a Block class) might impact consultations and our wider school community.

Remember to include the following in your COMPLETE PARAGRAPH response:


  • Your impressions of the article (likes/dislikes/agree/disagree)
  • How does it connect to writing centers at large?
  • How can it be applied to the MHS Writing Center?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

AR S2.1: "Writing Centers and Community Outreach"

According to Pittman and Hayden:


"Writing centers (WCs) [should] undertake community outreach initiatives. Benefits accrue to the WCs and their host institutions, as well as to individuals and groups that avail themselves of the outreach. Extending their mission to include the host community raises the profile of WCs, improves their effectiveness with their student clients, delivers positive outcomes for community participants, develops the professionalism of WC staff, and offers WCs opportunities for pedagogical research."

Do you agree with this point of view? What types of outreach initiatives would benefit our community? How would you change our outreach? Discuss how you believe this would impact our school and community.

Remember to include the following in your COMPLETE PARAGRAPH response:

  • Your impressions of the article (likes/dislikes/agree/disagree)
  • How does it connect to writing centers at large?
  • How can it be applied to the MHS Writing Center?

Monday, November 30, 2015

AR4: Meddling and Being Meddlesome


In this article, Pexton states: "We continue to try different formats, schedules, and days of the week to increase participation. Ultimately, we would like to expand beyond composition students; it is important to find ways to invite all first-years into the Writing Center, no matter what the writing project. If the invitation means some slight meddling, then Captain Kirk was right: it is simply what we have to do. In order to affect the best outcome, sometimes the best strategy is to interfere. " This article discusses the need to meddle at times, and the fact that it can (potentially)
improve our services and how we serve; Pexton discusses why meddling is important and what it means for the writing center and consultants. Reflect on your impressions of this article and what you can take away from it. Be detailed.

Remember to include the following in your COMPLETE PARAGRAPH response:

  • Your impressions of the article (likes/dislikes/agree/disagree)
  • How does it connect to writing centers at large?
  • How can it be applied to the MHS Writing Center?

Monday, November 9, 2015

AR3: "Minimalist Tutoring"

One of the common fears that teachers voice when discussing whether or not a student should utilize the writing center revolves around the idea of ownership and the "intrusiveness" of writing center consultations-- they fear that the consultant will end up feeding a client too many ideas, and it's no longer the clients work. They can be concerned that the consultant will write all over the paper, making changes, eliminating errors, and erasing the writer from the piece all together. While we know this isn't the case, so people believe that writing centers should take steps to reduce the potential of this happening. This article discusses the hows and whys of being a minimalist tutor; Jeff Brooks discusses why minimalist tutoring is important and what it means for the writing center and consultants. Reflect on your impressions of this article and what you can take away from it. Be detailed.

Remember to include the following in your COMPLETE PARAGRAPH response:

  • Your impressions of the article (likes/dislikes/agree/disagree)
  • How does it connect to writing centers at large?
  • How can it be applied to the MHS Writing Center?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

AR2: "Why Writers Need Tutors"


For some students and teachers, there is a belief that some writers don't need tutors/consultants. There is a clear need for guidance in those that struggle or require remediation, but don't all writers need tutors that help them talk through ideas and provide a filter and real life audience before a piece of writing is complete. In this article, Mickey Harris discusses why writers need tutors, and what this means for the writing center. Reflect on your impressions of this article and what you can take away from it. Be detailed.

Remember to include the following in your COMPLETE PARAGRAPH response:

  • Your impressions of the article (likes/dislikes/agree/disagree)
  • How does it connect to writing centers at large?
  • How can it be applied to the MHS Writing Center?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

AR1: "Teach Writing as a Process, Not a Product"

In the traditional classroom, importance is often placed on the product a student creates. While some attention may be paid to the process, the bulk of the grade, the discussion, and the significance is invested in the final product. However, Donald Murray disagrees with this practice in "Teach Writing as a Process, Not a Product;" he believes the importance lies in the process of writing. What have your experiences been with the idea of process versus product? Reflect on your impressions of this article and what you can take away from it. Be detailed.


Remember to include the following in your COMPLETE PARAGRAPH response:

  • Your impressions of the article (likes/dislikes/agree/disagree)
  • How does it connect to writing centers at large?
  • How can it be applied to the MHS Writing Center?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Article 12 - "Tutoring Style, Tutoring Ethics: The Continuing Relevance of the Directive/Nondirective Instructional Debate"


This week's article by Steven Corbett discusses directive and non directive tutoring as a continuum rather than a debate with distinct sides.  What are your opinions on this idea?  Do you believe that directive tutoring and non directing tutoring strategies are usually not used together, or do they sometimes blend within a consultation?  Which approach do you find most effective at the high school level?  Support your opinion with evidence from the article and your experience as a consultant.  

Remember to include the following in your COMPLETE PARAGRAPH RESPONSE:
  • Your impressions of the article (likes/dislikes/agree/disagree)
  • How does it connect to writing centers at large?
  • How can it be applied to the MHS Writing Center?