Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this introductory session, I wanted to get a sense of the student's interests (both academically and otherwise) and her reading behaviors. I brought a selection of books near the Reading A-Z Level N range. She chose a book about pandas, which we read today, but also demonstrated interest in a broad range of topics. She demonstrates so much excitement about learning! She read the book out loud and we talked about questions she generated as we read. I looked specifically at her fluency, which was strong-- she demonstrated an high ability to sound out text, self-correct when misread words didn't make sense, and make appropriate pauses and intonations at punctuation. She stumbled a couple of times on words with long vowels due to "vowel-consonant-e" patterns (such as man vs mane), but quickly self-corrected with prompting. I also looked for comprehension and recall; she asked good questions when information did not make sense but required some prompting-- at times she asks questions when something doesn't make sense, but sometimes she seems to need a reminder that it is okay not to understand everything right away. I think this will improve with both teaching habits of a good reader and building confidence through clear, specific praise, experiences of success, and relationship-building."
"The student completed 11 worksheets in his summer packet today. He made wonderful progress and worked well for me."
"I used this first session to assess their reading, writing, and pronunciation. I had all the kids read aloud from their favorite book, look up vocabulary words, and write a short story. We also went over parts of speech and wrote example sentences. I spent the first hour with the first student. She reads out loud very well. She's a very creative and ambitious writer. For her homework, I asked her to finish the rest of the story she started. I also asked her to memorize a new poem from her book of cat poems. I spent the second hour with the boys. I started by having one do a section of the practice test and the other read out loud to me and look up definitions of words in the book that he didn't understand. After that, I had both boys write a short story to get an idea of their writing level. For homework, I gave them vocabulary words from the questions that they missed and asked them to write definitions and example sentences. I also asked them to write a short story and look at the newspaper with their parents and find one article to read and tell me about. Next week, I plan to spend half the time focusing on reading by going over literary devices and story structure and applying those terms to a story we'll read. I plan to use the other half of the time focusing on writing by teaching sentence diagramming and using that to help them better structure their sentences. They are all exceptionally bright, focused children."
"We got started with rereading the passage from the previous session. The student did very well, but still struggles with intonation and flow after practice but is improving. He knew 5 out of the 10 sight words. I introduced 5 new high frequency words and practiced for recognition. We read a new passage. In this one he struggled with the 3 letter blends and -ly and -ed endings. He's still substituting and adding words when reading. We are continuing to practice going back to reread when words are omits or difficult. I left a practice passage and word cards for practice."
"Today we continued working on the free-response essay that we began yesterday. The student used a framework that I provided to write an introduction that included his thesis statement. He crafted 3 body paragraphs that incorporated 3 sources and we went over a formula for incorporating quotes smoothly into the essay. I ended by giving him some guidelines for writing a conclusion, which we will work on next time."
"Student A: -synonym versus antonym exercise. -speaking: discussed the time he has spent in Georgia, his favorite activity with the family being the trip to the Coca Cola Factory and tasting all the different types of soda. -writing: topic was favorite video game. -reading: few pages from new fact book purchased by parents. Student H: -synonym versus antonym exercise. -speaking: Coca Cola Factory, and his least favorite soda that he had to taste. -writing: topic was favorite video game, he chose three, so he wrote about three. -reading: few pages from new fact book purchased by parents."