PeerCentered is a space for peer writing tutors/consultants or anyone interested in collaborative learning in writing centers to blog with their colleagues from around the world. Bloggers here will share their ideas, experiences, or insight. To contribute to the blog, please contact Clint.Gardner@slcc.edu.
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I am the director of a high school writing center in Florida. While our peer tutor staff constantly trains so that they may provide their classmates with the best assistance possible, we are taking a more active role within our school. With the hopes of dispelling the notion that we are an "assignment center" that "fixes" papers, our staff is attempting to reveal the importance of precision and revision of writing outside of the classroom and the realm of academics. We have created a writing internship program, a visiting writers' series, a student writers' forum and an e-newsletter. We hope these programs will establish a new appreciation within our student body for the writing process. If you would like to see some of our work, click on the link below. If you have any questions about our efforts or if you run similar programs, we would love to hear from you. We are always looking for new perspectives and partnerships.
While I admit I was once intrigued by the prostitute-consultant analogy, not by what Scott Russell had to say about it but by some of the ideas we threw around in class the other day, I can honestly say, now, that I am beginning to move away from the metaphor. While I once connected prostitution and the writing center through their brief meetings and levels of intimacy, I now question the nature of those meetings and the levels of intimacy available, and like David said in class, I agree that the comparison is a stretch. Here’s where I struggle with a connection between meeting a stranger, a prostitute, for sex, and meeting a consultant at the writing center. Although the ‘client,’ ‘student,’ or whatever, meets with a stranger for a limited period time to meet a specific desire, the level of intimacy between sex with a prostitute and a writing consultation differs. It is my experience that consultations between peers can be genuinely intimate as one discusses personal thoughts—there i…
I have posted a poll in the IWCA forums: IWCA Forum: Peer Tutor => What do we call ourselves: the poll! It is a part of an earlier discussion that kind of petered out about the titles used for writing center workers. Please take a moment and vote! If you don't have an account on the forum, you can register for one by clicking on the "Register" link (next to the rocket icon in the top-right of the page.) Don't forget to state your institutional affiliation when you request and account. (That's how the IWCA Forum keeps out spam accounts.)