Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, we worked on interpreting tone and mood in fiction works. We also worked on recalling detail and inferring meaning of words in nonfiction work."
"This was more of a 'getting to know you' session than anything else. The student and I chatted about how he learns reading and writing in school (reading and writing workshops), what he likes and dislikes about school, books he can read on his own, and why he prefers certain books, etc. I had him read from two books he said he could read on his own (nonetheless supporting him when and where necessary). A few things I noticed off the bat: he seems to have sight words down; he reads in a very monotone fashion, though he is aware that punctuation marks often dictate a change of tone or volume; when he encountered a word he didn't have memorized or that was characterized by a rule like "i before e," he would struggle with it for a few seconds, try to sound it out, before making up the ending and moving on or he would skip it altogether. With respect to his writing, I got a chance to look at a recent writing sample. Because he is left handed, I think anticipating future letters is difficult for him. In addition, spacing between words seems to be a bit of an issue. He uses virtually no punctuation. Inventive spelling is present, which in my book is a good sign because it means he does not give up entirely when trying to spell a foreign word, but, at the same time, it is clear we're going to have to put a fair amount of work into phonemic awareness. His mother and I also spoke about putting together a rewards or reinforcement system for sessions moving forward. Creating a chart celebrating his small victories should go a ways in helping him see his successes and gain confidence in his reading and writing abilities. Now that I have a basic understanding of some of his reading and writing strengths and weaknesses, I feel confident in my ability to map out next week's tutoring session and those for the weeks ahead."
"The student worked on similes and metaphors today. He had some very interesting metaphors, and he enjoyed coming up with ideas. We finished the hour by working a word problem using the Greg Tang method."