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Centering My Writing Instruction: Then and Now

Centering My Writing Instruction: Then and Now

I started out tutoring at Edmonds Community College near Seattle, Washington, in 1997. When I made my way as a TA teaching my own section of first-year composition at the University of Washington, in 2002, I took my writing-centered attitudes and methods right along with me.

But over the past ten years I have gotten increasingly better at how I practice, theorize, and research the connections between writing centers and writing classrooms. In addition to the one-to-one, interpersonal, and affective dimensions of tutoring I’ve brought to the larger-group instruction of the classroom, I have been continuously honing my use of peer review and response.

My initial problem of how to make the classroom more like the center I felt so strongly served students in more fruitful ways has proven a worthwhile one to explore. Feel free to visit some of my ideas expressed in a recent Inside Higher Ed article.

Steven J. Corbett
New Haven, Connecticut
14 years of teaching

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