The writing center sends consultants into WRT 098 and WRT 150 courses every semester. Working with the consultants helps students to learn how to use the writing center as a resource in any project during their time at Grand Valley. Additionally, consultants are in your classroom to help facilitate peer review sessions. They model to your students how to give good feedback, and they encourage deeper, more reflective discussions among students about their drafts.
The consultants are trained to work with students one-to-one or lead peer response groups. Consultants learn the goals of WRT 098 and 150, and about the portfolio grading system. As the term progresses, consultants are trained to help with a wide variety of writing issues. Read more about the training and mentoring consultants receive.
For WRT 098 classes, the center typically sends a group of consultants every week to your low-tech class meeting. We assign one consultant to your class per five students; the consultants arrive at the beginning of class time and stay for 50 minutes to lead peer review sessions in small groups. The same consultants work with your students all semester long, which allows the instructor and students to get to know them. For WRT 150 classes, the center typically sends one consultant to the full two-hour lab classroom period each week. The consultant assigned to your class can work with single or groups of students out in the hallway while your students complete computer-based activities in the classroom, or they can stay in the classroom and visit each student at his or her computer station, offering assistance and feedback and reading students' drafts on the screen. Other configurations the center can accommodate:
We try to accommodate as many of these alternate configurations as possible, but because of demand, we are sometimes unable to send groups of 5-6 consultants to WRT 150 classes.
Other Services You and Your Students Should Know About
Even though your students have access to Writing Consultants during class time, we hope you'll still encourage them to make use of the Center's drop-in hours, which are available in Allendale, the Pew/Downtown campus, and the Meijer/Holland campus and are open to all students at GVSU. At our walk-in hours, we can help students with any writing assignment they are working on for any course at GVSU. You can promote our walk-in hours by including on your syllabus a blurb about the Center.
In addition, at the end of every semester, the center offers a program called Writing Right Where You Are, which is directed toward supporting WRT 150 students as they put together their portfolios during the last two weeks of the semester.
And finally, the center has developed course materials that you can use in your classroom to aid writing instruction.
Tips for Making Consultants' Visits to Your Classroom Successful
If you're new to Grand Valley and would like to discuss further the ways you might structure the consultants' time in your classes, don't hesitate to contact the writing center. Here, though, are some tips to get you started:
We hope you and your students find working with the consultants effective and enjoyable!
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