Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today went very smoothly. Each week during our Sunday tutoring sessions we read two chapters, try to finish writing all the responses to the comprehension questions, and I break out the remaining chapters over the nights before our next tutoring session. He is doing a good job of doing his reading between our sessions making it painless for me to check his written responses. Today's questions were pretty straight-forward allowing us to focus on his breathing while reading aloud technique. This is a very good story and we're both enjoying reading it. He is increasingly taking ownership and leadership for his reading. I am thrilled at his level of engagement with the story too - today he made several text-to-world connections so his comprehension level is high. He expresses complex opinions to the subject matter which makes answering the comprehension questions easier for him."
"The student read from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." His ability to sound out words and identify unfamiliar words was much improved. He guessed less often and used his letter rules to figure out the words."
"We began the session by introducing/reviewing the use of adverbs. Although she was familiar with their use (primarily with describing verbs), she was less confident in identifying them. Therefore, we worked on several exercises designed to pick out adverbs in sentences and identify their uses (ex. answering how, when, or where). When Student 2 arrived, we played a game in which they wrote out actions and adverbs and performed the chosen words for the other. The non-actor then had to guess the adverbs. After this grammar lesson, we discussed the end of the class novel, including topics such as characterization and plot development. When Student 2 pointed out the similarities to the a different book, we also discussed allegory and pointed out some of the similarities and differences. Finally, we watched bits of a movie and discussed changes, primarily in the characterization of the two main characters. Next week, they will begin a writing project based on the novel and movie."