9/16 blog prompts

If possible post to your blog by 9pm on Tuesday evening, so your classmates can have a chance to read (and comment) on what you’ve written.


For your blog post this week, you might want simply to focus on one of the SIP prompts:

  • Surprising: what in the reading did you find especially surprising/unexpected?  Why?
  • Important: what’s something you underlined/noted as especially important?  Why?
  • Perplexing: what’s something you found especially odd, confusing or even wrong?

Blog about Strategy

Another blogging option is to talk strategy — specifically one of the 15 strategies that Fitzgerald and Ianetta discuss.  I’m guessing that you have used at least one of these strategies when responding to friends’ papers or when offering a peer response in a class workshop.  So pick one or more of the strategies below — which Fitzgerald and Ianetta bucketed into “motivating” and “scaffolding” — and build upon what Fitzgerald and Ianetta have said, based on your experience.  What worked especially well and/or what proved especially challenging?

Motivating Strategies

  1. Get acquainted
  2. Ask (and answer) questions
  3. Make statements
  4. Offer your perspective as a reader
  5. Take an interest
  6. Praise
  7. Listen
  8. Consider nonverbal cues

Scaffolding Strategies

  1. Ask the writer what the agenda should be
  2. Analyze the assignment and context
  3. Read the writing
  4. Negotiate the priorities for the session
  5. If the writer has no writing, help him or her get started
  6. Wrap-up
  7. Reflect

Readings: Georgetown Writing Center Handbook (WC website); Harris, “Talking in the Middle” (“IDST Readings” on WC website); Murray, “The Listening Eye” (WC website); The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors, Chapter 3: “Tutoring Practices”; Harris, “Strategies for Teaching One-to-One” (Chapter 5 of Teaching One-to-One: The Writing Conference – available at http://wac.colostate.edu/books/harris/)