Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At this session, the student and I began reading the second Hunger Games novel, Catching Fire. She said she'd begun it on her own but didn't understand it, so we began reading it together. She also said that she'd been so upset that this book didn't mention what happened to Katniss' sister Prim. I suggested that if she was going to have such strong reactions to this book, it would be best to read it at home instead of at school. We discussed the setting of the opening of the book: after much discussion, she concluded that it is winter, at dawn, and six months since the Hunger Games. She said she thought Katniss should be happy that she won the games - and is not. We then discussed the word "rebellion," which is used throughout the series. To illustrate, I said that in the War of Independence, the colonies rebelled against Great Britain. After some discussion, she was able to explain that in a conflict, one side rebels against the side that is more "superior" - and made the connection that in the book, during the Dark Days the Districts rebelled against the Capital."
"Today we worked on a new set of sight words. The student knows about half of the words fluently. We will practice these words tomorrow, and if she masters these, I will assess her on the 300 sight words list. She did better today with her fluency. She read the fluency passage from yesterday, and she increased her words per minute. She also read much smoother today with fewer errors. After reviewing the passage from yesterday, she read a new passage. On, her first read she read 42 words per minute. After reviewing the reading together and modeling, she reread the passage at a rate of 72 words per minute. To practice comprehension we reread the story from yesterday, and started a new level E story. She read with few errors and was able to answer the questions posed of her. She was also able to relate the story to things she knows and has experienced. Throughout today's tutoring session, we played a game. She seemed to really enjoy the game and the tutoring session. I noticed today she was more enthusiastic and excited. At the last session, she told me she is starting to like reading, and that was very evident by my interactions with her today."
"Today was my first session with the students. Their parents have requested a tailored curriculum for their children. The students' father requested a structured weekly curriculum rich with consistency and additional homework assignments; their mother suggested starting a chapter book with structured assignments, quizzes, etc. The children's homework is not to be used during the tutoring sessions. Their mother informed me that both children failed their state wide assessments due to an incompetency in reading comprehension and writing. For today's session, I brought two age appropriate reading comprehension passages for each child, along with reading comprehension questions. The children have a notebook to be used specifically for homework assignments. I alternated working with the children- one child read the passage aloud to me while I assessed strengths and weaknesses, while the other child wrote a memoir in their notebook. Student 1's most frequent reading mistakes: omitting words, skipping lines, recognizing appropriate punctuation. He did well with making text to self-connections, but he needs improvement working with flowery language such as metaphors and similes. He will also benefit from practicing reading comprehension questions in order to encourage him to pull details from the text + decrease spelling errors + improve fluency. I worked with both children on FUN (find it, underline it, number it), RAPP: Restate, answer, prove, prove, and learning how and when to eliminate right/wrong answers in multiple-choice questions. Student 2 is stronger in reading than in writing, while she needs improvement with sentence structure and grammar. She substitutes words when reading aloud, and has difficulty recognizing punctuation, however she does well with making inferences. I left both children with reading comprehension passages with questions attached for additional practice and "homework." This session gave me a good understanding of which specific areas need addressing so the students can get the most out of all future sessions."