In a recent blog post, I discussed how the line between higher-order concerns (HOCs) and lower-order concerns (LOCs) can become a bit blurred. I wrote about a student who wanted me to demonstrate my knowledge of grammatical rules before he would, and I quote, “trust me” with his ideas. In other words, I had to show I knew my LOCs before we could ever shift gears to talk about global HOCs.
Such demands for displays of grammatical skill occasionally occur in our center; therefore, I ask the tutors to create and update a rule-o-dex that offers definitions and examples of particular rules. Below, you will find one of my rule-o-dex requests and some early samples from my wonderful team.
The tutors use any medium they so desire: MS word, MS Power Point, MS Publisher, notecards, etc. Professional Tutor and Media Coordinator Phillip turned to Canva design software to begin to build his rule-o-dex. He has already used his examples in sessions this semester.
Professional Tutor Mandy opted to use MS Publisher. Many of her coworkers make appearances in her example sentences, and students appreciate Mandy’s engaging layouts and creative use of colors.