As we start a new semester, the Writing Center team wants to remind you of ways you can use the Writing Center to support your students. Here are some ideas:
If a student hasn't turned in a writing assignment, send them to the Writing Center during your class to have a conference with a coach who can help them get unstuck. (Please don't send more than three students at a time to the writing center).
Don't wait until you assign a major essay to suggest students come to the Writing Center. Many of the things we ask our students to do involve writing. The Writing Center is not here just to help with traditional academic essays. We can and have supported students making websites, writing lab reports, producing technical manuals, and creating presentations. Basically, if it involves putting words and ideas together, we can help.
Send students to the Writing Center who are struggling to get started on a writing project. We certainly do read a lot of rough drafts, but a student can have a writing conference without having written a single word. We can help with brainstorming, topic development, research, and note-taking.
If you want students to come to the Writing Center but don't want them to leave your class, tell them that the Writing Center is open from 8-4 daily. They can come before school, during lunch, or after school. We can give them a writing conference receipt to show that they were here.
Finally, the Writing Center can come to you (with some advance notice). We will send writing coaches to your classroom to work with students one-on-one or in small groups. Email Corinth and let her know the dates and hours as well as the assignment the students will be working on.
Please let us know if you have other ideas about how we can support you.
Sean Mattner, Sharon Rush, Elizabeth Hanson, and Corinth Matera
English Teacher, Newspaper Adviser, OPEN Program Coordinator
South High School
3131 19th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55407