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.

Example #1:

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.

Example #2:

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.

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