While the computers make writing easier for many students, the heart of the Lab is conferencing: student-with-student and student-with-adult. Mrs. Lisa Brown and the Writing Clinician, Mrs. Melissa Kelly, coordinate a program involving volunteers (parents, grandparents, and community friends) who conference with sixth, seventh, and eighth graders during the school day.
Volunteering in the Writing Lab offers a flexible schedule and a priceless chance to help a child with his writing! An English degree or love of all things grammar is NOT needed to volunteer in the Writing Lab. The purpose of the adult conference is to offer the young writer one or to suggestions on what to improve with his writing and to acknowledge one or two areas that are really working well with the piece. The focus is feedback, not editing.
The first training session for both new and veteran volunteers will be held on Wednesday, September 20, from 9:30—11:00 a.m. in the Mellon Middle School Library. We will review and discuss the basic strategies used to conference with our students, and we will explain the operational aspects of our program.
To read more about our writing labs and the middle school writing program, please click here.