Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's lesson, the student read the first Chapter of a new Captain Underpants book. He did well reading and his speed was much faster in this session than in previous sessions. He only struggled with words and needed help sounding them out occasionally. After this, I went over a rule about plurals: When making a word that ends in "f" or "fe" plural, you need to change the "f" to a "ves." (ex. "leaf" changes to "leaves," "life" changes to "lives."). He then completed 3 worksheets that provided practice for this rule. He did great on all three worksheets, getting them all correct. To review the rule and also practice spelling, I then hid the rule and used a whiteboard to write the singular form of the words we practiced with, and then he would write the plural form. When he was able to do this perfectly, I then quizzed him on his spelling of these words. I would say a word aloud (ex. shelves, wife, etc.) and he would write the word on the whiteboard. He was able to successfully spell most of the words on the first try, and was able to correct the few words he missed on the second try. He was very focused during these activities and it seemed like making the connection between reading and writing the words was helping him, so I think this will be an activity we will integrate into future sessions."
"The student and I began the session by playing the Uno game. It was a quick/fast game, but he made no mistakes. Next, we completed his homework, which was a circle that required him to circle the nouns in the sentences. The second side of the handout required him to write the proper nouns correctly. He did not need any assistance. After completing his homework, we worked on his most recent list of high frequency words. First, we reviewed the words that he struggled with or had to sound out last session, twice. Then, we went through the list. It took him 2 minutes and 36 seconds to read the 60 words. He missed and/or self-corrected 8 words- cover, across, woods, dusty, an, will, pick, and letter. We then plated the short vowel board game. He was able to read 6 words instantly and had to sound out 6 of them. We ended the session by reading the rest of Amelia Bedelia. He did a fantastic job! I noticed an improvement in his fluency, and he had great voice inflection. He even tried to decode unfamiliar words."
"We continued with the student's books, working on short "a" repetitive sounds, and read from a school children's book about fire engines."
"On Tuesday, the student completed a worksheet practicing short a sounds. She completed a word blending worksheet for the sl blends ( sled, slim ...). We spent time practicing writing and sounding out sight words. I introduced two new words ( go, funny)."
"We worked on transitions between paragraphs and declarative statements. He was having some issues with restating his thesis throughout the writing. Removing those types of sentences would improve the flow of his writing. He has a strong authorial voice. Once we get past that his writing will really shine. Additionally, he showed a lot of improvement on his homework assignment. He used the drafting techniques we had worked on the week before and it showed. He got his reading assignments for the next year, as well as some writing assignments for the summer. This will give us a target to focus on. I left him with 2 homework assignments: one focuses on comparative analysis while the other reinforces what we were working on this week."
"The student has his upcoming presentation on gunpowder. I had him present what he had so far and helped him outline the rest of the slides. He then made a few more before he had to leave. I then worked with him on converting between fractions, decimals and percentages, working towards "percentage of" questions."