A blog for tutors to share their ideas, experiences, and insights.

Reflection

I’ve blogged in classes before- in one of my lit seminars, all of our class material was on a WordPress blog, as well as our responses to the readings we did for each class. But while my blog for that class felt disjointed, this blog showed me how beneficial classroom blogging can be.

Although we were all in different corners of the country, we were connected not only by this blog itself, but each of our posts were connected to each other. I’ve reveled at the wisdom and wit you have written with, and the thoughtfulness that you clearly put into your responses to other’s posts.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading each of your musings. What’s great about blogs is that they give writers the ability to write more freely in a less stereotypically academic setting. Overall, the collaborative nature of this blog has really led me to believe in the true benefits of academic blogging. I’m really looking forward to continuing to blog in the future!

Thank you all for a wonderful semester in the blogosphere!

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Farewell Tutor Musings 2.0

When I was asked to write a blog for this class, I was scared – what if I learned no new strategies? What if everyone on the site had found some revolutionary way to create a connection with their students that they were tutoring and I couldn’t? When I was applying to be an RA I absolutely dreaded our mock mediation sessions – afraid that I would never be able to give anyone advice while everyone else could. I was afraid I couldn’t apply what I had learned to a real life session. When it came to writing this blog, I can say I felt a little bit better having gone through a similar situation before but I still didn’t know what to expect.

I have written blogs in the past but never to people I didn’t know in other universities. And never was it a requirement for other students to comment on what I had to say. I think that was probably my most favorite thing about this blog posting – putting up my ideas for people I didn’t know to read and agree or disagree. Regardless of the comment and it’s relations to what I was saying, I didn’t care, I just wanted there to be some type of conversation that had sprouted from my words. I think my tone of voice was similar to how I usually write blogs – it is personal, it is conversational, there is no dialogue so it is somewhat proper but it is how I feel a blog should be written and I am very much comfortable with it. I have been from the beginning.

 

 

The wonderful world of Blogging

Over the course of the semester we have used this blog to post about different topics and methods associated with peer tutoring. Although i have never been much of a blogger, having a resource to extend our thoughts to other students across the country has been incredible fulfilling. Blogging is rather impersonal, but it is a forum in which we can address issues and problems that may otherwise go unanswered. Using tone and different writing styles can be helpful to get a better feedback from our peers, but by posing questions and posting comments we have developed a mutual respect with one another and has made us all better writers and tutors. 

Dealing with people that i have never met has actually been more beneficial than talking with people that i know. Being blind to who is talking is helpful because it opens the opportunity to be completely honest with the person on the other end of the connection. New perspectives and new ideas are also generated when we utilize minds not only here in Boulder, but also from students around the country from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. 

The Beauty of Blogging

Before this semester I had never blogged before, in fact I was just plain confused with the whole idea of blogging; what it was, what was it’s point, and why people felt the need to get so attached to blogging in general. Being in the class and learning the whole idea of what blogging was really opened my eyes.

 

At first I was almost “weirded” out by the idea of blogging and why/ how it had any connection to peer tutoring at all, but then I realized how much I enjoyed it and how it’s a way to connect people’s ideas together. I realized that blogging helped my in more than a couple ways with this class, for example, going through and reading other student’s/ tutors posts about their sessions really helped me in bettering my own tutoring skills. It’s been a nice way to ask questions, give advice, and look at a different point of view.

As a whole, I found this whole blogging process to be a great one for this class. Although it might be a little bit tricky with figuring it all out in the beginning, I personally believe that it is a great way to stay connected with other students in this class and a great way to help each other out without the pressure of talking to your teacher!

Thanks for a fun semester everyone 🙂 !

Bring on the spreadsheets!

Commenting last week on biggbluee92’s post (not realizing I was supposed to post my own!), I had shared that my outstanding fear about the peer tutoring class was the blogging requirement. Reading somewhere a long time ago that at least 85% of things we fret about never actually come to pass, I had quite convinced myself that blogging would fall within the realized 15 percentile. Having been out of school for 35 years, and having taken 4 semesters to finally know my way around PowerPoint and Excel, I seriously was not looking forward to another keen reminder that, within the context of technology, I was indeed “out of the loop”. That thought, coupled with the painfully honest thought of “Who cares? I know I certainly don’t. I’ve got enough on my own plate”, led me to believe that I would dread the blogging assignments.

While I genuinely had no fear of communicating with an unknown audience, it was lack of interest that I was next concerned with. Quite the “solitary wasp”, I am probably the only person on here that doesn’t even have Facebook anymore. Don’t really care to know what everyone is doing every minute of the day, and vice-versa. BUT- I quickly realized that the refreshing difference is that when you are blogging to a specific community, you are blogging about things relevant to that community! DUH! Now I actually look forward to reading the blogs as well as the comments. As with my other technological hurdles, I have not only learned to use them effectively, I have embraced them.

 

Need a Place to Stay in Boulder?

           I guess I didn’t know what I was getting into… at all.  When I signed up for this class, I honestly didn’t know that I would be tutoring.  I know what you’re all thinking, “How would he not know that?  Isn’t it in the course description?”  Well maybe it is, but apparently I missed that part.  But trust me, I couldn’t be happier with how the class has unfolded, and I have loved and gained from the work that we’re doing.  The blog was a little unexpected, but the same way I handled the class – I embraced the opportunity.  I’ve never written a blog before, and I don’t read any too often (besides barstool), but I thought that it could be a really positive experience.  It’s weird writing for an audience who I have never met, know nothing about, and visa versa.  My teacher told us that at the end of the semester we would have plenty of couches at Duke and PSU Berks (wherever that is, no offence) to crash on, but sorry Mr. K, I don’t think it worked out that way.  I do think that the blog has been incredibly useful though – sparking conversations and debates over writing and tutoring writing is not easy, but I think its safe to say, we did it. 

            When I started reading the blog I was thoroughly impressed with all of the posts; to be honest, I was even a little intimidated.   But after a few posts and responses, I started to feel a lot more comfortable and even connected with the blog.  I’d go on all the time just to check out what everyone was writing about and see if I could get in on any juicy debates.  The blog, to me, was never an academic assignment, but an educational pastime.  In fact, I only found out recently that we were being graded on our posts. 

            I know what you’re thinking, “This kid seems really out of the loop,” because I just had the same thought myself.  But I’m glad that I didn’t know we were getting graded because my blogs would probably been much more boring to read, and I feel that some bloggers remained in their comfort zone just to get a good grade.  That being said, I could tell that there were a lot of bloggers who were truly saying what was on their mind, and had a lot of good insights to share.  The personal stories were often entertaining and educational, and I appreciate people opening up. 

            Its sad that the blog is coming to an end because I felt that I was, just now, starting to get the hang of it and find my blogging voice, but I guess all good things come to an end.  I appreciate everyone’s posts and inputs and wish you all luck with your future in tutoring.  Happy Holidays! 

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A Blog of a Journey

I was hesitant to blog at the beginning of the semester. I consider myself a fairly private person, and so the thought of sharing my thoughts on a public forum with strangers across the nation freaked me out (to put it lightly). I actually felt a lot like this guy…

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So it should come as no surprise when I tell you that I didn’t just jump into the blog – I read a lot of posts before I published my first. The experience of reading people’s posts made me feel more comfortable with the idea of blogging. I realized that none of us are too different from one another. We come from diverse backgrounds, different schools and modes of learning, but, at the end of the day, we’re connected by our mutual interest in improving not only our own writing but also that of others. I mean, why else would we take this class?

As the semester wore on and the blogging continued, I fell into a sort of rhythm. I had new post alerts sent to my email, so I could read every one. I was fascinated with the things people wrote. Some I could identify with while others opened me up to a perspective or situation I had never previously imagined.

Because writing in the blogs was an academic assignment, I strove to maintain some semblance of academic form though I didn’t want to come across as too straight-laced or boring. By writing from a personal point-of-view and relating my posts to my thoughts or my experiences, I found that I could be both casual and academic.

I’m extremely glad to have had this blogging experience. It’s helped me think about tutoring in a more holistic way. Just like I’ve read and processed multiple blog posts, some from strangers and some from friends, so too will I need to read and process papers and thoughts of writers during my future tutoring sessions. So thank you, everyone, for helping me along my process to becoming a writing tutor. I wish everyone the best of luck in their future roles as writing tutors!