Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The session was focused on the student's reading of "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. First, we read the fourth chapter of the novel. I used a series of Bloom's Higher Order Questioning to evaluate his basic factual understanding and then his conceptual understanding. We focused primarily on characterization and the development of the animal farm (hierarchy, roles, military, etc.). As we read, he annotated the text. I also stopped him periodically to summarize what he had read. Second, we worked on an assignment from his teacher. We answered the questions. I instructed him to highlight the answers in his book and to also provide page numbers for his responses. Third, I gave him six vocabulary words to study. We created word maps for each of the words. We focused a lot on determining the part of speech of each word as well as any affixes listed. Fourth, I instructed him to complete three questions from a supplemental packet that focuses on chapters 1-4 of the novel."
"We began the session with a quick freewrite and a visit to the graphic novels section of the library so that the student could check out a book. We spent the rest of our session working on the four-square graphic organizer that he'll be using. We practiced on the dry erase board filling it out together using an 8th grade released prompt and then I had the student complete his own with a new prompt. He did very well, especially on his own."
"With the ELA exam currently in progress, the focus of today's session was to review strategy for the test. We went over a practice exam I located online. Together, we read through the 2 passages, and the student answered several multiple choice questions. He did a pretty good job. In some instances, I reminded him to really read and understand the question, and choose the best answer, even if multiple answers seem to be correct. We also prepped an outline for the essay component. I am going to call him tomorrow to get feedback on Wednesday's portion of the exam and go over any questions he might have. We also reviewed the literary terms again. The definitions were not sticking so I started to ask him differently -- I read the definition or an example and asked him to pick the term. He was much more proficient at this, although there are still some terms he must review. I gave him some examples of how each term is used in literature to help his understanding."