Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I read more of Huckleberry Finn and he wrote several paragraphs on the setting, the plot, and the themes using his reading log. We talked about what Huck and Jim had in common and what Huck's internal conflict might be. He wrote more than normal and now is interested in finishing the book."
"The topics we reviewed today were reading, reading comprehension, spelling and grammar. We traded paragraphs on the reading assignment, and then we worked through it much faster and easier than in the past. We moved on to the reading and we went through multiple stories without any distractions. I will try to maintain everything next time as it was in this session: I had a pencil for the student to use, he had nothing to play with or fidget with, I asked the student a lot of questions about his opinions, and we got up and moved around a couple times. His reading performance is getting much better, especially when I break words into separate chunks. I will try to teach him to do this by himself, going forward."
"Today the student worked really hard and read for 30 minutes straight without asking to stop. The student was really good about sounding out words he didn't know. There were quite a few he was unfamiliar with, but he always tried to figure them out on his own before asking me to help him. We filled out his reading log and he did a great job of coming up with a concise summary. He's really starting to get the hang of shortening what he wants to say in that instance. We didn't seem to have his vocab or spelling words, so I worked with him on those we remembered from Monday. Then, since I noticed he occasionally gets confused about quotes when reading, we discussed quotation marks. There is a page in his handwriting workbook that also talks about quotation marks so we read through it and I had him practice writing out quotes. He did a great job! He picked up on it really quickly and I think it finally clicked for him what those marks mean."