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ERIC Number: ED413596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 11
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Responding to Student Papers: Instructors Consult with Tutors.
Gilliland, Mary
As a result of increasing communication between the student staff of the Walk-In Service and new instructors enrolled in the course entitled Teaching Writing, Cornell University (New York) has instituted the Essay Response Consultation program. Freshman Writing Seminar instructors get free, private consultation about responding to student essays. Instructors interested in receiving more formal and focused consultation receive it from an experienced tutor who reads a set of papers in which the instructor has already commented. Although a relatively new program, a collection of observations have surfaced often enough to be noteworthy: instructors and tutors share many of the same concerns about student writing. In at least two cases, the initial discussion of the effectiveness of comments on the particular set of papers turned into a general discussion of teaching. Tutors have offered observations about balance in essay response--balance between comments about content and structure, between attention to argument and style, between praise and critique. Tutors who have participated have gained a greater appreciation of how hard grading really is, and that the validation of quality work with student writers works both ways. Program participants have come to value collaborative learning among instructional staff. Writing instructors come closer to the goals of having clearer conversations with their students on paper and becoming more approachable in individual conferences. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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