Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began the session by going over some of the vocabulary we've been learning. Physically acting these out whenever possible has had a tremendous effect. Then we went over the short amount of homework I gave him, which was mostly correct. We went over a few spelling and conjugation errors and moved onto another drawing/spelling game. The theme was "beach" and we switched off drawing, guessing and spelling words associated with beach. Next we read a story in his school course book, alternating sentences and going over new words at the end of each page. We then did an exercise in one of his school books on apostrophes. He usually reads contractions as the two words they contain and I am attempting to draw out the pronunciation exercises we've been working on to assist with this. His efforts therein have so far been valiant. I will continue to make punctuation a focal point. We ended the session by learning some new vocabulary, mostly body parts, through Simon Says. We also went over the new action verbs we'd encountered in the reading."
"The student and I started today's tutoring session with a review of some of the parts of speech: adjective, pronoun, conjunction, colon, semicolon, and commas. He is nearing mastery level in this material (parts of speech). After we finished with parts of speech, we moved on to vocabulary development. After we finished with vocabulary development, we moved on to grammar study. Our focus today was on symbols and symbolism. We briefly discussed what symbols can stand for. For example, a heart can stand for love, a cross can stand for religion (Christianity), and the ocean can stand for tranquility. I then had him read an academic definition for symbol: "An object that can stand for something else by virtue of the qualities and associations it suggests. It is distinct from an image in that it has a "real" existence and what it symbolizes is a matter of inference." Finally, I gave him a written list of 10 symbols: 1) black, 2) orange, 3) blue, 4) twilight, 5) dawn, 6) snail, 7) cheetah, 8) cold, 9) hot, and 10) stormy. I asked him to write down what he thought these 10 symbols represented (for example, blue can represent sadness). Then he wrote his own list of 7 symbolic words, and he listed what they represent. He is a very bright student who is eager to learn and improve. He is always focused on the task at hand."
"On Sunday the student and I discussed a paper she had to write for her French class (in English). Over winter break she went to an exhibit at the Tucson Museum of Art called "The Figure Examined" and chose one work in particular to look at. For the essay, she had to write a five paragraph response, including a critique of the chosen painting and then a short biography of the artist. She had plenty to say about the painting that she chose, and we researched information regarding the artist. She said that her teacher did not require citations or a bibliography, so we used 2 art history websites. The paper is not due until February 2, but this way she will have time to talk to her teacher about it if there are any questions. It is an extra credit assignment for French, so she wanted to make sure to do a good job so she can get the points."