Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we focused primarily on test prepping. We practiced thinking creatively on our feet while making a web to plot out our ideas. We also practiced critical thinking during reading."
"The student does well in his English/Language Arts class, so we are focusing on developing more sophisticated writing and word choice. We also discussed reading assignments to prepare for class tests."
"Today we analyzed one of Barack Obama's speeches for use of repetition in order to promote the central message of the speech."
"The student started "The Adventures of Jo Schmo." He read excellently. We discussed the plot together and I helped him read between the lines before he wrote about the characters. His writing was very sharp and I helped him correct his spelling of a few words. Last, we went over words containing "ind," "ine," and alternate pronunciations of "ch." We talked about reading and writing activities that he would enjoy more in our lessons. He said that he likes to write stories, so next class I will help him plan and write a story. I asked him to remember to bring the Captain Underpants book, but I will check out another copy in case he doesn't."
"In today's session, we reviewed numbers, both in order and in isolation. We ordered the numbers onto a number line and used the number line as an aid to discuss the concepts of addition and subtraction. I really tried to get the student to focus on using the number line to add and subtract, instead of her fingers, so that she could recognize and apply the concept rather than just memorizing numbers. After a few rounds of practice, she got the hang of adding and subtracting on the number line. Then we moved onto a number matching game, where she matched number digits to images that served as representations of numbers. She did really well with this concept. We then reviewed time telling by matching analog clocks to digital clocks, and by drawing the hands on clocks to make certain times. We wrapped up by reading a new level B reader called "What Is Hot?""
"The student and I played an addition/subtraction game on a number line today, then complicated her favorite coin conversion game by adding half dollar and dollar coins. We took turns rolling dice, and then added the rolled amount into our "banks" while converting various denominations and returning change. Increasing the amount allowed us to convert much larger numbers, and gave her an opportunity to use some higher addition skills. We finished by reading a few books, including a new book from the Elephant & Piggie series called "I Broke My Trunk!""