Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did a very good job today. He really likes trying to beat his record for reading words while timed. For a while, he could read about 25-27 in a minute. He progressed to 39, and today his record was 56! This is remarkable progress, and since he enjoys this and it consists of key first and second grade words, we will continue to do this at least once a week. Additionally, he wrote sentences and read a book. His writing, spelling, and phonics are all very good. He is quite capable when he focuses!"
"At this session, the student and I compared and contrasted The London Eye Mystery and The Name of This Book is Secret. She noted that they are both the same genre, involve disappearances and investigators who are friends/siblings - a boy and a girl. I pointed out that they are all kids, too. She compared Ted to Cass, both of them "science geeks", and Max Earnest to Kat - both the "sidekicks" of the stories. We discussed the fact that both books are written from the point of view of one character. She and I discussed whether Ted might have synesthesia, like Benjamin Blake, who has disappeared, and I pointed out to her that in the book it is implied that Ted is autistic. The student also pointed out that Cass's dad died and Salim's parents have divorced, which led to a long and very insightful discussion about why authors might write about "dark" or difficult subjects. Besides creating more interest and drawing readers into the story, she eventually concluded that reading about a character finding a way to get through a difficult situation can also be inspiring and help her believe that she would be able to get through a similar situation if she ever had to. She also made the very mature point that she likes it when authors write books from the point of view of a person with a disease or disability, because it helps readers to understand what that person is going through, and as a result, might encourage people to be treat each other with more kindness and not bully each other. I was very impressed with her insight about this."
"The student is a lively, intelligent boy. He is required to read fifteen minutes a night; I am asking that he do thirty, and not in graphic novels, which he prefers to chapter books."