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Writing Center

Windham High School's Peer-Tutored Writing Center
Write here. Write now.

The Write Idea is Windham High School's student-staffed, peer-tutored writing center. It was opened in the spring of 2011 as a result of collaboration between Windham High School, the University of Connecticut's "W" Writing Center, and the Connecticut Writing Project. Tutors are nominated by teachers or peers and receive intensive weekly training in writing, as well as in tutoring and questioning techniques. The training they receive is the training brought to Windham High School by the University of Connecticut. Tutors volunteer in the Write Idea during study halls and after school.

Tutors are trained in writing across the curriculum and are able to help with writing assignments in multiple disciplines. They are also ready, willing, and able to work with students on personal writing. A tutoring session generally takes a full class period and focuses on higher-order concerns such as organization, development, details, and thesis statements. It is important to note that the Write Idea is not an editing or proofreading service, and that student writers are expected to take an active part in revising and developing their writing.

Peer tutoring is a reciprocal relationship that improves the writing skills and interpersonal skills of both tutoring client and writing tutor. The Write Idea fosters collaboration with the surrounding community and has been a cornerstone of a relationship between Windham High School and UCONN, as well as a new connection with Eastern Connecticut State University. In addition, the Write Idea regularly interacts with sister writing centers located at Bolton High School and East Windsor High School.

Tutors also assume responsibility for special projects, such as the creation of promotional videos and the coordination of literacy events. They assisted with the planning and creation of the June 2012 Lock-In for Literacy and Culture featuring keynote speaker, award-winning young adult author Matt de la Peña. For more information on becoming a Write Idea tutor (which looks fantastic on a college application!) or on scheduling a tutoring session, please contact Mrs. Dara Bowling at dbowling@windham.k12.ct.us or (860) 465-2460.