ERIC Number: ED205992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
A Functioning Writing Laboratory: Seven Operational Truisims.
Miller, Gaylier E.
A seven-point philosophy for operating a writing laboratory has achieved positive results, both in the form of student test scores and grades and in the form of student gratitude. The first philosophical point is a sincere, unswaying belief that "everyone" can learn to write and that only a poorly written paper is hopeless, not the student who wrote it. This attitude carries over into the second point, that self-concept is directly related to learning. A writing lab instructor's positive attitude will enhance a student's self-esteem, thus building his or her confidence in writing. The third point is that a pleasant environment facilitates learning. This means that even on a minimal budget, everything possible should be done to make the writing lab comfortable and relaxing. The fourth point is that learning to write is more like climbing a mountain than seeing a vision. Writing is learned one step at a time, not all at once, and it is a time consuming process. During that process, simple organization and quiet efficiency, the fifth point, will facilitate learning. This entails continually reorganizing materials and modifying the program to meet the students' needs. The sixth point is that individuals are different and so are their problems and needs. Finally, a committed belief that teaching writing is worthwhile will yield positive results. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Laboratories
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Writing Centers Association (3rd, Clarion, PA, May 1981).