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Writing Center adapts to new schedule

October 2012


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Column by Rachel Nuzzi and Jonathan Pollack

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JUST A FEW CORRECTIONS Seniors working in the Writing Center correct papers that peers have submitted for critiquing. The Writing Center is looking for more participation as it adjusts to the rotating schedule. er Mrs. Brown said. Bingham said. Richard Greenbaum The problem of fewer student To make up for schedule-related Pollster conferences arose with the establish- problems, the Writing Center has ment of the rotating schedule this teamed up with the English departFor the past five years, the Writ- year. The day-to-day changing lunch ment to get more students involved. ing Center has assisted students with waves are particularly inconvenient Over the next few weeks, the seniors a variety of writing assignments. Pa- for the Writing Center. Now that stu- plan to visit multiple English classes pers can be dropped off for overnight dents eat lunch at a different time ev- to introduce the Writing Center and corrections, or a face-to-face meeting ery day, scheduling meetings is more help with some fun writing activities. can be arranged for a more in-depth difficult for the members, as well as Many English teachers are offering assessment of an essay. However, the the users. The weekly hours have extra credit, as well as extra time on new school year has brought some been changed as well; this year, the assignments, to students who use the challenges for the Writing Center. Writing Center is only open for walk- Writing Center. The rotating schedule makes it much in sessions on “F” schedule days. “I highly encourage all of my harder to access this service, causing These two factors lead to one major students to [use] the Writing Center. the number of scheduled conferences problem: fewer students are coming The seniors in the class are like perto decline. in for face-to-face meetings. sonal editors to the school, and stuIn previous years, the Writing Although drop-offs are the most dents should take advantage [of] this Center was open three days a week convenient option for users of the opportunity,” English teacher Mr. during lunch. Students could drop writing center, it is simply not the Pinsince said. off papers or go over an essay with a same as a conference. While dropAlthough the Writing Center knowledgeable senior, one-on-one. offs are quick and helpful, a personal has encountered several problems “Many kids are nervous about conference is the only way to utilize this year, the seniors in the class are writing. The idea that getting help the full benefits of the Writing Cen- determined to continue helping stufrom another student can be less in- ter. dents school-wide with all of their timidating is a major aspect of the “When you meet with someone writing needs. Their service is vital Writing Center. The Writing Center one-on-one, you can explain what to the school as a whole and their efis a no fear zone that is open to the they have to do with the essay,” forts have proved that no scheduling entire school,” Writing Center teach- senior Writing Center student CC change will stop them.

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