Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Invisible Voice?

At times it seems as though teachers prefer a lack of voice in writing; it might be because it is easier to standardized voiceless writing or because there is less grey area without voice. But what does it do to writing? Discuss your own experience with voice in academic writing, as well as exploring the implications of the article. Be sure to include quotes and detailed descriptions.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Training Tutors to Talk About Writing"

North claims the following about writing (and tutoring writing)- "As I tell my students (who accuse me of thinking in bumper stickers), we are who we are as writers-- and tutors of writing--  because of who we have been; and the conceptual and emotional baggage of 15 or 20 or 30 years of schooling won't be changed by a dozen hours in the Reserve Room of the library." Do you agree or disagree? Discuss your opinion in detail, using evidence from the text. Connect this with the article we read and explain how it applies to our Center.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Peer Review: Yay? or Nay!

Consider what the article has to say about peer review and peer review workshops. Describe what your experience has been like with peer review in the high school setting. How could we effectively create peer review workshops in our high school? Explain what would you want this workshop to look like. How would you structure our future peer review workshops? Explain in detail.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Product or Process?

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. Reflect on your impressions of this article and what you can take away from it. Be detailed.

Monday, March 25, 2013

"Dealing with Multimodal Assignments"

Based on what you read, discuss the implications this article has on writing center work in our high school. How can we navigate these types of assignments with students, especially when they have different abilities and access to technology? Be sure to include the requirements listed on your article report requirement sheet.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Dear Labby"

As we read in the article (and know from experience), everyone has a slightly different approach to working with clients. However, actually seeing the difference in approaches in action will help us truly understand those variations in tutoring, as well as learn from them.

For this blog response, you should post about a difficult consulting experience you have had in the writing center. After you post your response, comment on others' experience, relaying what you would have done in that situation. It should look like this (these are EXAMPLES):

Dear Labby,

I was working with a student a few weeks ago whose teacher forced him to come in to the WC. He was standoffish the entire appointment- when I suggested he read aloud, he refused. He actually sat back, arms crossed, and stared straight ahead. I started reading it aloud myself (so the appointment could move forward), and he refused to write anything down. About 15 minutes in, he interrupted me, gathered his things, and left. I'm pretty sure it was the least helpful I've ever been to a client.

Thanks,
Frustrated in Funkville

Dear Frustrated,

Here's what I would have done: After explaining what we do, I might suggest that he meet with his professor and reschedule after he has a better idea of why his professor wanted him to come in. He might just be upset about the perception of being forced to come into the center. If he can clarify why he was sent in, he might be less inclined to refuse help.

Good luck!
Labby

Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Empathetic Tutoring in the Third Space" Response

Based on what you read, discuss the implications this article has on writing center work in our high school. How can we navigate these situations in our space? Be sure to include the requirements listed on your article report requirement sheet.