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?