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Author Archives: Dr. Ryan

Comment on the experience of sharing your thoughts and ideas with a “public” audience outside of your teacher and classmates.  What did you do differently than you might have if the audience were all people you knew? How, for example, did you address the challenge of tone and voice? As time went on, in what ways did you become more comfortable with the genre of blogging and/or did a different set of challenges surface?

After creating your post, select a category or two that best represents your post including the category that represents your “group.” For example, if you are in Group “A” and your post is about the role of the tutor and the politics, you should choose the following labels: Category A, the tutor, and politics.

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As we near the end of the semester, many of you are starting final research projects.  Some of you already have research questions, data, sources, and even writings about your topic. Others of you are just starting to think about what you might write about.  This week, write a post that shares with the community your research ideas and questions.

This blog is an opportunity for you get feedback from your peers on your ideas.   For example, if you already have a tentative thesis, you could include it in your post. If you need some help thinking about how to enter the conversation on your topic, this is your chance to ask for support.  This isn’t an opportunity to workshop an entire paper, so don’t a whole draft. This entry is a chance to test out some of your ideas with other writing center people.  When you post, be sure to pose one or two questions  so your readers can give you their thoughts in the comment section.

After creating your post, select a category or two that best represents your post including the category that represents your “group.” For example, if you are in Group “A” and your post is about the role of the tutor and the politics, you should choose the following labels: Category A, the tutor, and politics.


Share with our blog-o-sphere a strategy to improve written text at the sentence level in a writing tutoring session. Follow these three guidelines:

1) Set the scene. In other words, in what scenario would you use the strategy?

2) Describe the strategy in detail (perhaps number or bullet if appropriate).

3) Include dialogue when you can: how would you explain the strategy to the writer or how would you walk the writer through the strategy? Write specific dialogue to help others see how they can implement the strategy.

After creating your post, select a category or two that best represents your post including the category that represents your “group.” For example, if you are in Group “A” and your post is about the role of the tutor and the politics, you should choose the following labels: Category A, the tutor, and politics.


Using the readings class discussion, or video, write a blog post that considers the challenges to a writing tutor when serving as a cultural informant.
More specifically, write about the ways the tutor/writer relationship might be shaped by power dynamics such as culture, language, race, gender, ability, sexuality, etc.

After creating your post, select a category or two that best represents your post including the category that represents your “group.” For example, if you are in Group “A” and your post is about the role of the tutor and the politics, you should choose the following labels: Category A, the tutor, and politics


Imagine a scenario in which you work with a writer whose paper challenges one of your core beliefs.  Describe the situation and discuss a strategy you might use to address the disconnect between your belief and that of the writer. What factors might go into your decision to challenge the writer’s belief?

After creating your post, select a category or two that best represents your post including the category that represents your “group.” For example, if you are in Group “A” and your post is about the role of the tutor and the politics, you should choose the following labels: Category A, the tutor, and politics.  If you do not belong to a group, then you should not choose a group label.


Describe an experience you’ve had with learning to write in another language and how you think that will help you tutor non-native speakers. Consider not only the difficulty you might have had with word choice and grammar, but also larger issues such as trying to write in a language with different cultural conventions regarding directness or personal voice, etc.

After creating your post, select a category or two that best represents your post including the category that represents your “group.” For example, if you are in Group “A” and your post is about the role of the tutor and the politics, you should choose the following labels: Category A, the tutor, and politics


Share with our blog-o-sphere a strategy to improve a written text at the global level (think: higher-order concern) in a writing tutoring session.  Follow these three guidelines:

1) Set the scene. In other words, in what scenario would you use the strategy?

2) Describe the strategy in detail (perhaps number or bullet if appropriate), including the use of any handouts or visual or kinesthetic aids.

3) Include dialogue when you can: how would you explain the strategy to the writer or how would you walk the writer through the strategy? Write specific dialogue to help others see how they can implement the strategy.

After creating your post, select a category or two that best represents your post including the category that represents your “group.” For example, if you are in Group “A” and your post is about the role of the tutor and the politics, you should choose the following labels: Category A, the tutor, and politics.