Writing Consultant Training Schedule

Posted: December 10, 2013 in Pedagogy, Writing Center

Schedule of Events, Rebellions, Mischief, and Mayhem

Date In-class Activity Homework Assignment
1/28/14 Introductions

Teaching philosophy



Longman Tutor Guide, Chapter 11 “Writing Centers: Historical and Theoretical Contexts”


  • Create blog on GoogleBlogger & share link with me.


  • Respond to the following:

What are your learning goals for this semester?

1/30/14 Lecture Participation

Longman Writing Center Guide, Chapter 2, Christina Murphy, “The Writing Center and Social Constructionist Theory”


What does it mean to teach writing?

2/4/14 Online class Blog

  • Choose 5 classmates
  • Respond to 2nd entry (100 words per classmate)
2/6/14 Jigsaw

Vygotsky (ZPD) and North (Idea of a writing center revisited)


Compare/contrast Vygotsky & North


Read for Debate

Trimbur’s “Peer Tutoring: A contradiction in terms?” & prepare for debate next class

2/11/14 Trimbur Debate

Literacy Narrative assigned

Literacy Narrative Draft
2/13/14 Panel discussion assigned

Group work time to prepare

Literacy Narrative

Draft due NEXT class!

2/18/14 Turn in Literacy Narrative Draft

Peer response


  • Make tutoring appointment for literacy narrative
  • Group prepare for panel discussion
  • Post materials on blog
2/20/14 Prepare for presentation & grade partners Fieldwork

Get literacy narrative tutored

Practice for presentation


Blog & Read

Peer response vs. Tutoring (support with Harris’s “Collaboration is not Collaboration is not Collaboration”)

2/25/14 Literacy Narrative Final Draft DUE


Discuss tutoring sessions


Panel Discussion

Build rapport & negotiate goals


Respond to panel OR reaction to teaching



Arrange an observation time w/ mentor

2/27/14 Panel Discussion

Learning style & direct/minimalist


Respond to panel OR reaction to teaching

3/4/14 Scenarios/Concerns

Dos & Don’ts of Commenting Styles




Observe a tutoring session

3/6/14 Scenarios/Concerns

Teaching Invention


Observe a tutoring session

3/11/14 Scenarios/Concerns

Tutoring WAC: Tutoring in all Disciplines


Written Commentary assigned

Written Commentary

DUE next class 3/13

3/13/14 Scenarios/Concerns

What do you do with the first five minutes?


Oral Commentary assigned

Oral Commentary

DUE after Spring Break on 3/25

Spring Break: No class!

3/25/14 Oral commentary presentations & feedback Reflection

Observe a tutoring session


Article Response (bring hard copy)

  • 250 word response to assigned Bruffee sections
  • 250 word response to Inquiry-Based Research article
3/27/14 Speed Dating

Bruffee & Inquiry-Based Research


Tutor with student for ½ session

Compare/contrast your style with mentor’s style



Writing Center-related curiosity explained using Inquiry-based Research format

4/1/14 Scenarios/concerns

Cultural diversity & belief systems


How do I react to new/uncomfortable situations?

4/3/14 Scenarios/concerns

Learning disabilities & emotional students & knowing your resources


GoogleForm Options


How can I accommodate my tutoring to meet a student’s needs?



Create a 3-5 minute webcast resource.

Post to blog 4/15

4/8/14 “Hear it from the Pros” panel

Becoming a Professional


Vote on GoogleForm

Choose 2 Writing Center Articles

4/10/14 Open Discussion Day Fieldwork

Draft 1st article response & take it to a writing consultant


Final Copy DUE 4/17

4/15/14 Webcast DUE



ELL & Citation Styles & Grammar & Knowing Your Resources


Draft 2st article response & take it to a writing consultant


Final Copy DUE 4/17

4/17/14 Patchwork Quilt

What is tutoring?


Final Drafts of Article Responses DUE


Tutor for ½ session; record competencies/concerns

4/22/14 Lecture Participation

Negotiating power, privilege, and place within writing centers


Tutor for 1 hour session; record competencies/concerns

4/24/14 Final Essay topic assigned

Brainstorming/Invention time with peers

DUE 5/13


Blog Presentation assigned

Due 5/13


Final Oral Commentary assigned

Sign up Schedule


  • Check email for Final Oral Commentary individual scenario & schedule
  • Prepare for a 20 minute Oral Commentary/mock tutoring session with instructor
  • Schedule an appointment with writing consultant to review Final Essay Draft
4/29/14 Online Class Blog

  • Post Blog Presentation idea
  • Post Oral Commentary outline
  • Respond to ALL classmates with 100 word feedback response for BOTH assignments


(see emailed schedule for assigned time & date)

5/13/14 FINALS WEEK—Party Time!

Snacks and drinks will be provided; feel free to bring a treat to share

  • Blog Presentations
  • Final Essay Due
  • Create thank you cards for mentors

Thanks for a great class and all your hard work!

  1. Victoria says:

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any techniques to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d truly appreciate it.

    • Great question! I haven’t had any issues with plagiarism or copyright thus far. I make sure I give credence to where I’m getting my content from and give credit to things that spark my posts.

      I’m going to guide you to this website for a formal definition of plagiarism and 21st century ways it’s committed: http://www.plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101/types-of-plagiarism/

      Keep in mind, I am not a lawyer! But once content is published on your computer, on your blog, or on Googledocs, the content is YOURS. Instantly. Be sure to attach your name and the date that it was published/created. This is typical standard for blog posts. If the content is appearing on the internet without your permission and without your name attached, you should contact that person and request that you get credit for the content.

      If your work is being used for financial gain using one of these, then it’s considered intellectual theft and can be handled by the FBI. Check this out: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/white_collar/ipr/ipr

      Hope that helps.

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