Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
"'In the writing center you can write a letter or make a story for your mom and dad,' said Destinee Stevens.
While Stevens was working with her peers in the writing center, other classmates were listening to books on tape, silently reading, working on math games or practicing piecing poetry together." (Oshkosh Northwestern - Emmeline Cook focuses on literacy)
Collaborative learning in such settings is encouraging and bodes well for the future of things such as peer tutoring in the future.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
a professional in the organization who has contributed with distinction to undergraduate student development through promoting collaborative learning among peer tutors in writing.
Such leadership may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:
- the individual's record in bringing peer tutors to present at the Conference
- service to the organization through hosting the Conference, serving as program chair, leading in the search for future sites, etc.
- aiding students in the assumption of increasing responsibility for their learning
- fostering leadership skills among peer tutors
- showing evidence of leadership in collaborative learning on one's home campus
- developing innovative peer tutoring programs in the home community
- in general, welcoming and meeting new challenges in leading a center guided by a collaborative learning philosophy
I have a video put together of it that I will be pushing out on the PeerCentered podcast soon.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Anyway if you are going to Ann Arbor, see you there! If not, stay tuned to the podcast where I am going to present (I hope) a small conference experience.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Again I want to get more folks involved in the podcast project. If you are interested, let me know at the above email address.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Smith is a scholar in composition, rhetoric and poetry who has taught at Winthrop for 19 years and created the course that trains the Writing Center's tutors. She is the third recipient of the Bryant award.
It's important to write reader-friendly prose. Tight, clear sentences get ideas across better than long, complicated ones. Readers are impatient and fussy. They don't want to dig through unnecessary words to get to your point.I've been noticing a few peer-authored articles popping up in various campus newspapers. Such articles seem like a fine way of sharing writing center work and getting people aware of the writing center. Such articles, written by peers, do not suffer the "stuffed shirt" or "I'm an expert do what I say!" syndrome.