Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused our time on sights words, writing, and reading fluency. We played sight word Uno, wrote the 8 words from the Uno game, and reviewed the flash cards with the 50 focus words. He did noticeably better recalling the words during the Uno game. He was able to read 36/50 at the end of the assessment. He did better with the kindergarten fluency passages. It took him 1min 17sec to read the cat passage and 53 sec to read the pig passage. When he makes a mistake reading, he goes back and rereads the entire sentence. We ended the session by writing a sentence. It's interesting how he is able to recognize some sight words such as the. But, when it is time to write a sentence, he still tries to spell the words phonetically. I left the flashcards with his mom, and told him to write the lowercase ABCs, numbers 1-20, and 10 of the high frequency words before our next session."
"The assessments indicated that the student is struggling with reading fluently and with expression, comprehension and retention, spelling, and writing complex sentences. In light of these assessments, I began addressing these issues during the tutoring session. First, he practiced spelling his site words in preparation for his spelling quiz. His mother and he utilized the tip I provided last week about learning a certain number of words per day, and this seems to be effective. He did very well with spelling his words. In addition, I required him to read two stories in order to increase fluency and so he can practice reading with expression. In order to assist him with this, I read the story with him, with us taking turns reading a page. This way, I was able to show him how to read with expression. At times, he fell back into his normal reading routine. During those times, however, I simply redirected him, and this will certainly take some time. With constant practice, reading with expression will become a habit for him. At the end of each story, I asked questions to test his comprehension. Initially, he would provide general, one-word answers; however, after further prompts, he would demonstrate that he comprehended the stories. Finally, he practiced choosing the correct diagram to form words and to distinguish between words with short and long vowel sounds."
"I reviewed the student's achievement report, and checked his comprehension, accuracy and fluency. We discussed the need and importance of phonetically reading rather than relying on sight words. I gave him the titles of 3 phonic rap song videos to watch."