wondertorium

The Word Up! table facilitates weekly literacy programming at Stillwater, Oklahoma’s WONDERtorium children’s museum.

 

Word Up! programming focuses on children between the ages of 4 and 12. The main focus for the program is continued improvement in museum-inspired programming. We aim to develop literacy activities inspired by and designed to incorporate the various play-spaces in the museum—a modification to encourage children to explore the space with intentions to write about their observations. Further, we work to design literacy activities in accord with Oklahoma PASS Skills that are required for early childhood development. Word Up! meets biweekly on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. at the WONDERtorium.


 

Highland Park Elementary

One-on-one work with kids and their writing at the local Highland Park Elementary school. Work by the tutors is done weekly in order to develop the children's writing skills for the following essays: Narrative, Informative, and Opinion/Argumentative. This helps prepare the students for their state-­wide testing in writing. Children work in groups of 3 to 5 students on the genre of writing for the week. Students are given individualized attention, talk about sample essays, discuss the most important elements to include the specific genre, and work on the four square outline that the classrooms utilized.


 

Adult ESL Program

This is a continuation of the English as a Second Language (ESL) project launched at Highland Park Elementary to help interested parents who are English language learners (ELLs) improve their skills. In 2016, it was relocated to the Wondertorium children’s museum, which allowed for the children to have a fun and active learning space while we consulted with their parents. The Adult ESL Program is open to all parents of children whose students attend Stillwater Public Schools and meets at Will Rogers Elementary every Wednesday from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.


 

Read, Write & RePete

The Read, Write & RePete group facilitates biweekly literacy programming at the Stillwater Public Library.

Read, Write & RePete focuses on providing free, public access literacy programming for children between the ages of 7 and 12. The Read, Write & RePete team members serve as literacy sponsors at the Library space on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The team focuses on two main areas of development: First, it works to foster an environment that engages visitors with literacy- and imagination-based activities via reading, writing, and sharing. In doing so, we aim to meet some Oklahoma PASS Skills required for early childhood development. Further, we also develop literacy activities inspired by various genres and forms of writing in order to give program participants a sampling of how many ways writing is done and used: from comic book writing to letterwriting.


 

Wings of Hope

Writing Center consultants visit the Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services shelter to work on literacy with the children living in the shelter and to assist mothers with the job search process including applications, resumes, and cover letters. The Writing Center also designates one consultant to the area of grant research for Wings of Hope in order to expand the impact that OSU writing consultants have at Wings of Hope and provide a greater range of writing skills and services.

 

 

Writing LAB

Led by the OSU Writing Center.

 

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art advances creativity, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement through exhibitions and programs. Through exposure to original art, the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art will be a dynamic, innovative center of learning by providing a laboratory for creative thinking, interdisciplinary perspectives, and participatory experiences for all people. Activity/workshop goals are to transform the inspiration you find in visual art into the written word. Peruse the paintings, sculptures, and other works of art, then come together with other guests to write a poem, story, letter – there are no rules in art, and no rules in writing! The Writing Lab meets on the second Wednesday of each moth from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the OSU Museum of Art.

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Spring 2019 Research

In continuing the land grant mission of OSU, we also actively explore avenues of improvement not only to our consulting sessions, but also in how we are perceived in the community as a whole. As a result, we have a couple research projects currently in development with a few more on the horizon. The following outlines the motivation behind each research project and ongoing research activities.


Multilingual Writers

Writing center tutoring consists of a variety of speech acts involving one’s knowledge and understanding of different norms and traditions of communication popular in that culture in which a concrete instance of interaction takes place (Fujioka, 2012; Kuriscak, 2010; Stickman, 2014).

One aspect implying the existence of different social norms and cultural values is associated with writing tutors’ suggestions and writers’ uptake of those suggestions. Using and interpreting suggestions made by both writing center tutors and student writers in appropriate ways is one way to ensure effective communication between tutors and students in consultations. Therefore, the purpose of the 'Multilingual Writers' inquiry group research project carried out by Olga Muranova, Svetlana Koltovskaia, Jonathan Cannon and Michol Miller is to examine and present similarities and differences which can be observed in students’ uptake of tutors’ suggestions in online writing center sessions; these sessions are organized for native and non-native Encglish speakers. This study will identify different factors which may influence the actual level of students' uptake of tutors' advice in online writing center sessions. These factors may then be considered in writing center tutors’ training to ensure their effective communication with students


STEM

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Inquiry Group at the OSU Writing Center discusses current issues in STEM writing and how those issues intersect with the WC. Lead by Chris Jones, it is involved in identifying best practices for working with STEM writers in writing sessions and providing resources and training to Writing Center consultants. The inquiry group is also interested in researching the diverse ways in which STEM writers approach writing, within their own genre and in others. 


inquiry groups

A new facet being implemented in our WC this Fall is the addition of inquiry groups. Inquiry groups are consultant-led, informal discussions where our staff can engage in small group conversations without fear of ridicule on a wide variety of topics. For a given group, there will be an overarching topic that will be discussed, but given the informal basis of the discussion, the direction can be changed to go any which way. We believe this will enable our staff to think critically about the happenings of our center, analyzing areas of improvement, common problems encountered, and ways to increase outreach to typically underrepresented locales on campus. Our goal with these inquiry groups is to foster strong enough informal discussion about a topic that more information might be needed to address it, which would be a great lead-in to a new area of research.