Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student began this session by describing her reading from the homework. She was able to accurately describe the reading in detail, a major sign of progress. After reviewing the homework, we practiced fluency, plot, and the "somebody wants but so then" strategy with a fluency-builder story. She was familiar with the story already, so she predicted each section of the "somebody wants but so then" chart; as we read, she checked off and added to her predictions. After the initial reading, she read the story out loud and we recorded it so she could hear it played back. In the area of fluency, we are working on appropriate pausing and reading at a slower pace, so she focused on doing those things, then reflected by sharing three things she did well. Finally, to prepare her for the homework, we did a vocabulary skim. She skimmed the chapter she needed to read for homework and selected unfamiliar vocabulary. We then used word endings to sort the words into parts of speech and then used a combination of connecting, context clues, and dictionaries to learn the meanings of those words. For homework, she will read chapter seven and use the "stop: what's going on" strategy to jot down the gist of strategically-selected sections."
"Book report was worked on again. Completed 55% of the entire package. Reviewed assigned Math homework and worked on additional Math problems. Also touched on handwriting for the student."
"It was wonderful meeting the student today. We started the session with introductions. I asked him some questions about himself (activities he likes, favorite things, favorite books, about his teacher, about the subjects he likes in school, etc.). Then I told him and his mother a little bit about myself. Next, he read me his favorite book, "Pete the Cat - Too Cool for School." We talked about "Prediction" as a pre-reading comprehension strategy (using the title and cover page photos) and I modeled this strategy for him with the book. Then, I had him read and complete 2 short reading passages/comprehension worksheets (one at 1st grade level, one at beginning 2nd grade level). He practiced the "Prediction" strategy for each passage and did well answering the comprehension questions. He got a few questions incorrect but after showing him how to go back into the passage and re-read the text, he found the correct answers. I ended the session by reading him "My New Friend Is So Fun" by Mo Willems and stopping throughout the book to ask him questions about the text. We talked about characters, connecting with characters, and the main idea of the story."