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A Socially Just Writing Center: Differences are Beautiful, Not “Wrong”

Many writing centers laud themselves for being rebellious, going against the norm, and supporting social justice. Writing centers do this in many different ways, some of which are not entirely possible for every writing center. As we all know, all … Continue reading

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Silence and Expression Through Language

Silence is a fortress, a means of defense, a retreat from the confusing world of multiculturalism. In Min-zhan Lu’s article “From Silence to Words: Writing as Struggle,” she explains the consequences of living between two different worlds. She spoke English … Continue reading

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The Habits of Bilinguals: Why Have I Never Heard of ‘Translanguaging’?

I’ll admit it: four years of high-school Spanish plus multiple years of grade-school Spanish have made me only passably able to understand and speak the language. This is partly my own fault, because I lost interest in learning the language … Continue reading

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Brief Research Proposal: Three Ideas, Only One Can Win

I am currently struggling to pick a topic to research for the rest of the semester. At first, I couldn’t think of anything I would want to research for an entire semester. Then I brainstormed with my wonderful dad, and … Continue reading

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Why Do I Have to Pick One?

As I read more about writing center philosophy, I constantly come across clashing ideas—the editor vs. the tutor; peer tutors vs. authoritative tutors; nondirective vs. directive methods, etc. And most authors strongly pick one side or the other. One such … Continue reading

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Thinking, Knowing, and Talking: Thoughts on Education

What if I told you thinking is a social process? And knowledge is socially constructed? Kenneth A. Bruffee makes the argument in “Peer Tutoring and the ‘Conversation of Mankind’” that “reflective thought is public or social conversation internalized” (89). As … Continue reading

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