COMMUNITY • COLLABORATION • FREE-THINKING
Developed for NCWCA Conference
Revised for PNWCA 2014
(Feb 2, 2010) Kathy said:
Welcome to the Comments Page. Please share ideas, insites, helps towards helping in identifying the rhetoric that builds community, collaboration and free-thinking in writing centers. Thank you!
(Feb 6, 2010) Ben said:
I love the framework you used to set up the discussion about space and what kinds of space does or doesn't serve our needs as tutors. I think that similar to the findings on color by Kwallek, that "mood and productivity were not related to each other, suggesting that the impact of colors and stimulus screening on both mood and productivity are independent," may continue to be a general conclusion of the whole project you have laid out for yourself. It is questionable whether we can codify space in any useful terms, at least for a diverse population. So I think the idea of variety that you offer as a solution, may be a practical conclusion. I agree your scope is large, but I appreciate the attempt to tie these ideas together.
(Feb 6, 2010) Emily Hostutler said:
Amazing presentation-Thank you so much!!!
My undergrads was in film theory and I forgot about all of the Focaultian visual rhetoric and how easy it can be applied in real time to our humble writing centers. I can't wait for the conversations that are inspired by and will be discussed following your presentation as we bring back with us a desire to re-create our space. Please keep me up to date on your pursuit of bettering your own space and how you managed the grant world..
SSU State, newish tutor and english grad student
(Feb 6, 2010) Alex said:
I think that our writing center is very functional, but not necessarily visually friendly. I like the idea of circular tables as I think they allow people to work together without really being able to work across from one another as easily, and I also like the idea of incorporating plants, real or fake. I definitely think that a couch adds something to a writing center. If nothing else, it gives tutors and tutees another option of where to work. I also think it provides a certain level of comfort to those working in the center. I like the idea of incorporating artwork, whether it be a photograph or painting, something that might inspire students or give them something to focus/look at while they brainstorm ideas or think about where their paper is going next.
(Feb 6, 2010) Matt Palmieri said:
-Organizationally, I thought this was one of the strongest presentations I've seen at NCWCA, ever. You can tell a lot of thought and effort went into the presentation.
-Space is always something that we talk about at our Writing Center (Sonoma State) and since there is never any clear "solution" to some of the space problems we have, its great to know that there are options out there.
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org in case you have any additional questions. Thanks!
(Feb 6, 2010) Liz Geisser said:
this is a great website with lots of great information. i think your ideas about creating spaces that help students feel more comfortable while working are important because, for many students, coming to the writing center and asking for help requires an act of courage. providing them with a comfortable, welcoming space in which to work makes it easier for them to ask for help and come back into the writing center.
(Feb 6, 2010) Paula said:
You are terrific, Kathy. I'm so glad you are the GA this year and I can't wait to see what projects we can tackle. I love the idea of sheets on the wall. Can we start there? I can spring for some sheets from JCPenney and away we will go.