Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on declarative and imperative sentences. The student was asked to determine the type of a given sentence. He was also asked to change sentences from declarative to imperative and was asked to create his own examples. We worked on his descriptive writing, going through the next steps of the writing process. He was able to identify ways to make his previous draft stronger. We finished by reading from his independent reading book."
"We read an introduction to and the first couple of pages of an essay by Neil Postman on Language to ensure that the student understood the meaning of words and phrases. He will continue to read the required pages of the essay and email me with any questions he has about context and meaning."
"The student and I began the session by working on word replacement exercises. He enjoys creative writing and likes a challenge with his work. We completed these exercises which were to convert plain sentences into exciting newspaper headlines. He enjoyed this exercise very much. After this activity, we completed an exercise talking about ourselves. The exercise was a writing tool to have the student think about what is being asked of them and how to describe themselves in exciting ways using words. We also completed practice exercises using their, there, and they're to distinguish between the three words. After completing some word exercises we reviewed integers for a brief time to refresh his mind to be more receptive to math. For the next session, I would like to continue working with word and perhaps some very basic algebraic equations."
"Today, the student finished working on her Chinese children's story. She wrote the ending to the story, and included the moral. She also completed the author's note and explanation of the theme of the story. When she finished that, she and I proofread her complete story one more time to ensure that it read smoothly, and that she had clearly explained all the references to the Chinese culture. She did an outstanding job at finishing her story and accepting feedback at things she could edit."
"We worked with flashcards, only I turned them over to the side with only the word and not the picture, which forced her to focus on reading only. I really wanted to prove to her that she could read even a few words. We read the Cinderella story, and I encouraged her to read actively and not follow along passively. She could read fifteen different words in the story, and every time one of those words appeared, I had her read it. I knew she could do it with enough encouragement. With the next books, we highlighted a few words in the story, which she had to read every time they appeared, in addition to the ones she had already read from the previous books. This approach got the best results from her so far."
"* The student did an exercise where he gave the correct vocab words to complete sentences. * We read another chapter of the Hardy Boys. * We did a "one-word-story," which turned out very uniquely!! * He seems to be settling in pretty well to school, finding new friends."