What's a student-staffed writing center?
A student-staffed writing center is a place where high school writers work with each other in an effort to develop ideas, discover a thesis, overcome procrastination, create an outline, or revise a draft. Ultimately, writing centers help students become more effective writers. Writing centers come in all shapes and sizes; some WCenters have big budgets and their own rooms while others operate out of the back of a teacher's classroom or in the back corner of the library/media center. All WCenters have the potential to improve writing at a high school.
What One School Principal Says
"I am most exited about student-run writing centers because I think they can have a transformative effective in schools. Writing centers have the potential for changing writing in schools, By its very existence, a writing center provides a place where writing can be very visible in a school. A writing center can change the nature of student writing throughout the school. It may be too early to tell, yet I expect that [a school's writing center] will encourage its teachers to include more student writing among their performance tasks. A writing center creates a place where stages of the writing process, such as drafting and revising, can be honored... [it's not] a place for remediation but a forum for critical parts of the writing process." —Dave Goldfarb, Principal, Fairfax HS, Fairfax County Public School, VA
Why have a student-staffed WCenter?
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"Maybe in a perfect world, all writers would have their own ready auditor—a teacher, a classmate, a roommate, an editor—who would not only listen but draw them out, ask them questions they would not think to ask themselves. A writing center is an institutional response to this need."—Stephen North
“The Idea of a Writing Center”
Welcome to the world of WCenters!