One of my newer goals for this year is to learn from the people I tutor. A lot of students come in with supremely fascinating assignments, and I want to make a point of retaining not only some of the methods used by these students, but their novel interpretations of some of the concepts. I feel that adding this information to my arsenal will allow me to relate better with students outside of my discipline.
I hope to help at least 3 students with their understandings of various disciplinary threshold concepts by the last week of the first semester-in other words, inspire so-called “a-ha” moments distinctive to the pursuits of each student. I aim to do so by using analogies and relevant examples in writing or media as a means of communicating my personal understanding of threshold concepts. I plan on doing this in the hopes of encouraging the writers to do the same and hopefully discover the meaning of a disciplinary threshold concept for themselves.
I aim to have at least five meaningful interactions with writing center staff over the course of the academic year in order to get to know some of my peer tutors on a level beyond benign and repetitive small talk. I believe that it is paramount to appreciate the unique strengths and goals of other tutors doing the same work as me in order to gain a more holistic understanding of the overall pursuits of the writing center by visualizing how the center utilizes the skills of its employees. As an anthropology major, I believe it is paramount to appreciate the talents, backgrounds, and strengths of my coworkers in order to improve upon my own work by using strategies and cultivating skills that I otherwise would not possess.