Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's lesson, the student read me Chapter 4 of the book "Flat Stanley," called "The Museum Thieves." We read the previous chapters in the last lesson. He did very well reading, with the only issue being that he occasionally skipped words or sentences (which I redirected him to read). After reading the chapter, I asked him questions about what happened to check his comprehension. He was able to verbally answer some of the questions, but struggled with some, so I decided to read the chapter again to him, so this time he could just listen to the story and not worry about decoding words/ reading himself. After the reread of the chapter, he was able to verbally answer all of my questions about the chapter and provide good details in his responses. I then asked him to retell what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story. Then, I had him write what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the chapter. I thought he did an excellent job with this. His answers were correct and detailed, and he wrote with neat handwriting and included sometimes more details in his written response than he had told me in his verbal one. If he couldn't figure out how to spell a word, he would ask for help and I would spell it for him (he only struggled spelling a few words or parts of words). He was very focused today and did a great job during the whole session. I was really impressed with how much he wrote (one page, plus a few lines on the back of the paper) and that he had even asked me to draw more lines on the paper so he could write more."
"Student 1- We worked on fluency, she read a book without stopping. She did a really good job reading, it wasn't choppy and she didn't have to stop and start. We will continue working on fluency as well as comprehension next time. Student 2- He started with a few short stories and answered some short answer questions. We continued to read "Puppy Patrol Big Ben.""
"Today the student and I worked on multiple choice sentence completion, using previously taught strategies such as thinking of a word that fits before looking at multiple answer choices and then matching it with its closest synonym, plugging-in, and eliminating obviously wrong choices. Then we worked on reading comprehension, reading short passages and answering related questions. We practiced the strategy of skimming through the questions first, and "active reading." She tends to skip over words or change words as she reads, which can distort the meaning of the passage at times. When this happened, I pointed it out and asked her to re-read the sentence. We also worked on using punctuation as a guide for fluency- pausing at commas and pausing longer at periods. In general, she is showing improvement in the area of determining main ideas and identifying key details."