Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The session was 2/3 Literature and Performance, 1/3 History. For Literature we concentrated on his understanding of the current book, Snow Country. I asked him about the title, main characters, theme, setting, author's purpose, etc. We'll develop it further, particularly the contrast between the main characters. For the History, we concentrated on his next large project, on Mao. He has some good initial questions and I gave him some suggestions about where else he could go."
"The student said they had been working on ordinal numbers in class and using listing as a technique to talk about things. We worked on this concept in terms of listing family members and talking about our family members and talking about our daily schedules. She did well with this today and is able to use listing to convey information appropriately. We worked a lot today on describing pictures in enough detail and accurately for another person to be able to pick out the picture. She still needs work on how to accurately describe items in ASL and picking hand shapes to use, but she tried hard and did pretty well in conveying enough of the picture for me to understand. This is a skill that becomes easier as sign skills develop and a person gains more understanding of classifiers and hand shapes. I then had her watch The Gum Story from unit 6 of Signing Naturally. After watching the whole story, I asked her what she could recall. She did really good and was able to recall all of the basic story line with few mistakes. We then used the listing technique to talk about the order in which the characters in the story appeared. This seemed to be a pretty simple task for her."
"We talked about topics that were specific to her work, her tasks, and responsibilities. This included country-specific vocabulary as well as vocabulary relating to hospitals and the medical professions."