Peer Tutoring: For Tuesday, 11-4-14

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  •  Work on getting in some tutoring hours.
  •  Keep thinking about and working on your “In the Center” projects.
  • Read/skim Chapters 53-56, “Using Apostrophes,” “Using Quotation Marks,” “Using End Punctuation,” and “Using Other Punctuation” (432-452) in Writing Matters.
  • Reading response on Canvas (200 words): Again, you can focus on your “in the center” projects or other general thoughts about tutoring in addition to the reading for this week.

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Peer Tutoring: For Tuesday, 10-28-14

  1. Tutoring. Ask me for a copy of the “Tutoring Practicum tips and advice” handout for more information about your tutoring responsibilities and opportunities.
  2. Keep thinking about your “In the Center” project ideas: what might you be interested in doing for this assignment? Conventional paper, multimedia presentation, something to be displayed in the writing center/on the writing center blog or website?
  3. Read Chapter 35, “Glossary of Usage,” (311-318) and Chapter 61, “Mastering Spelling and Hyphenation” (464-471) in Writing Matters.
  4. Reading response (300 words): This response can focus on “in the center” project ideas in addition to general questions/thoughts you might have about tutoring or about grammatical concepts.

Suggested Reading: Chapters 42-45, “Using Adjectives and Adverbs,” “Avoiding Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers,” “Avoiding Confusing Shifts,” “Avoiding Mixed and Incomplete Constructions,” Writing Matters (376-394).

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Peer Tutoring: schedule change

Due to an emergency, I will be traveling to Kentucky next week to be with my family. With that in mind, the peer tutoring class is canceled on Tuesday, Oct. 14. That being said, we are still pushing ahead with the schedule: keep getting your observation and/or tutoring hours in as needed, and stay on track with the reading schedule. Also, your case study drafts should still be uploaded to Canvas by next Tuesday. If your project cannot be uploaded, you can bring it to class on Oct. 21 instead. I wills till have internet access, so I do hope to grade drafts and respond to discussion posts as needed.

For Oct. 14:

  1. Final Draft of Case Study due on Canvas next week.
  2. Read Chapter 10, “Writing Center Research,” and Chapter 11, “Writing Center: Historical and Theoretical Contexts,” in Peer Tutoring (127-154).
  3. Read/skim, Tab 5, “Research Matters” in Writing Matters (97-148).
  4. Reading response (400 words).

Suggested Reading: Read/skim Tab 6, “Documentation Matters: MLA Style” (149-200) and/or Tab 8, “Documentat Matters: Chicago and CSE Styles” (239-276) in Writing Matters.

For Oct. 21:

  1.  Read Chapter 13 “What if…” in Peer Tutoring (169-185).
  2. Read/skim Tab 3, “Design Matters” (51-68) in Writing Matters.
  3. Reading response (300 words)
  4. Start thinking about your “In the Center” projects: read assignment prompt

Suggested Reading: Chapter 40, “Using Verbs” (357-368) and Chapter 41, “Understanding Pronoun Case and Reference” (369-376) in Writing Matters.

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Peer Tutoring: For Tuesday, 10-7-14

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We will meet in the Writing Center for class.

Get your observation hours in as soon as possible.

  • Read Chapters 10 & 12, “Writing in College: Comparing the Disciplines” (67-72) & “Writing about Literature,” (87-96) in Writing Matters,
  • Read Chapter 12, “Interdisciplinary and On-Line Tutoring” (155-168) in Peer Tutoring.
  •  Read/skim Tab 7, “Documentation Matters: APA Style” in Writing Matters (201-238)
  • Post a reading response on Canvas (200-300 words).
  • Have a rough draft of your Case Study project. You’ll have the option to conduct a peer response in class if you choose to do so next week.
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Peer Tutoring: For Tuesday, 9-30-14

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  • Read Chapter 7, “Reflecting on the First Session” in Peer Tutoring (89-101).
  •  Read Chapter 11 “ “Analyzing and Crafting Arguments” (73-86) in Writing Matters.
  • Post a  reading response  on Canvas (200-300 words).
  • If you haven’t already done so, email me and let me know your thoughts about the case study project. Focus on your ideas, questions, and concerns; at this point, I just want to know what you’re thinking, and it is worth 10 participation points…

*Remember to get your 3 hours of observation done as soon as possible.

Suggested Reading: Read/skim Chapter 51, “Using Commas” (421-429) and Chapter 52, “Using Semicolons” (430-432) in Writing Matters.

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Peer Tutoring: For Tuesday, 9-23-14

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 We are now in the tutoring practicum portion of the course: remember to get your 3 hours of observation done as soon as possible. If you need an observation log or other paperwork (which I also pass out in class) for the tutoring practicum, be sure to go to this page to download and print off the appropriate files.

  • Read Chapter 8, “Reading in the Writing Center,” and Chapter 9, “Working with ESL Writers,” Peer Tutoring (103-126).
  • Read/skim Tab 11, “Language Matters” in Writing Matters (395-420).
  • Post a Reading Response on the class Canvas site.
  • Begin developing a draft of your case study. (Re)read the assignment prompt for inspiration, and consider writing in response to any writing prompts or questions to help you get started. Bring what you have next class.

Suggested reading: I’d also like you to watch an example tutorial video that focuses on helping nonnative English speakers in the writing center. The following video is an example tutorial of a tutor working with a nonnative speaker of English (sometimes called NNS, ESL, or ELL). From what I gather, this is a hypothetical tutoring situation (they are not filming an actual tutoring session; instead, two tutors are acting out the parts). Focus on what is going well and what could be improved as you watch the video:

You can also click here to view an interactive example tutorial (including a video), if you are interested in learning more about working with non-native speakers of English.

Ms. Tee Kesnan, an ESL specialist who works with international students here at SWOSU, will be coming in to talk with us about her experiences and offer some advice to keep in mind when working with non-native speakers of English.

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Peer Tutoring: For Tuesday, 9-16-14

  • Read Chapter 5, “Observing in the Writing Center” & Chapter 6 “Tutoring Practice” in Peer Tutoring (61-87).
  • Read Chapter 6 “Revising, Editing, and Proofreading” (39-50) in Writing Matters.
  • Be sure to post a reading response on Canvas before class.
  •  Email me by class time next week and let me know your thoughts about the case study project. Focus on your ideas, questions, and concerns; at this point, I just want to know what you’re thinking.
  • Do some more brainstorming for your case study assignment (shoot for another 2-3 pages), focusing on the prompts below to get started. I ask that you use clustering or mind-mapping (click here for some visual examples) to work through at least one of the topics below. You can then choose to freewrite or use some other brainstorming technique to think about the other topics. Here are the topics to consider:
  1. In-school versus out-of-school writing.  Do you go about both of these the same way?  Differently?  Do you feel the same way about both?  Why or why not?
  2. Audience. Who are the important people you have written for?  (Not just teachers: A letter to a friend or relative? To a lawyer or a doctor? A report for work?) Was it well received? Did it help you get what you wanted? What effects have these different audiences had?  On your feelings? On your writing? Which audiences helped you most or held you back?  How often do you feel yourself to be the only audience of what you are writing?  (Don’t forget “ghost audiences” or audiences we carry around in our heads and unconsciously try to please – usually left over from experiences with past audiences.)  Many people remember bad audiences more than good ones.  Is that true of you? Why?
  3. Intervention.  In what ways have others intervened in your writing?  (“Here, let me show you!” “Do it this way.” “You must start by making an outline.” “You must start by freewriting”—and so forth.)  How has intervention affected your writing?
  4. Response and feedback.  What kinds of response and feedback have you gotten—and not just from teachers?  What effects did this feedback have on you? (Don’t forget no response and nonverbal response—silence and laughter.)

 Suggested Reading: Read/skim Chapter 37, “Avoiding Sentence Fragments” and Chapter 38, “Avoiding Comma Splices and Fused Sentences” in Writing Matters (335-345). I will address some of these concerns next class, so it will help you if you at least skim these sections.


* After reading Ch. 5, you may begin your three hours of observation of tutoring in the Writing Center. You need to complete these observations before we begin tutoring in October.  It may take considerably longer than three hours to complete your observation of actual tutoring taking place, so begin right away.  

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