Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I did some reading comprehension exercises on the passage we read in the last book. She did well, but she is very familiar with the book, so the real test will be when we read a new book. I had a list of action adventure books that I picked for her. She loves to play fantasy games with her friends, so I wanted to make sure we would choose a book that she could relate back to the fun times she has with her friends. Of all the books, she chose the Wee Free Men. We took turns reading the book out loud. Throughout the reading exercises, I encouraged her to stop and tell me about situations in the story that reminded her of situations she had encountered in real life. We talked and tried to visualize what the characters looked like. The student did great, and I am eager to see how she progresses with this book. There was a passage in the book that was intentionally spelled wrong, and she picked up on it. I was very impressed by that! For homework, she is to read 10 pages in the book. She can read more if she so desires. I also encouraged her to read aloud to her mom or dad, so she can imitate voices and actively read."
"The student and I spent the first five to ten minutes reading poems. I know he enjoys them and by starting with something fun, he relaxes around his reading, which improves his reading skills. From there we reviewed what a fluent reader does while reading (not skipping words/sentences, sounding natural, and understanding the reading). From there we moved on to his reading homework, reading a passage about the Georgia Colony and answering questions. We continued with nonfiction reading to finish the book about penguins from the previous week. To keep the reading ball rolling, he and I continued the Captain Underpants novel from two weeks ago. This novel allows him to work on fluent reading because it has all the elements, from not sounding like a robot to watching the different types of punctuation. To wrap up the session, I had him read a poem from Where the Sidewalk Ends to keep his confidence boosted. I reminded him that the tools I give him can be used in all subject areas."
"First he completed two vocabulary worksheets using multisyllabic words. The second exercise was the most advanced. He was able to use the words "˜candid' and "˜annexed' with no problems. He employed an effective strategy of crossing out the words in the box as he used them. Next he wrote a one-page story in his writer's notebook and I had him make a copy so I could easily follow along as he read. He was much more focused on this task and it took much less time than the vocabulary exercise. I was able to convince him to let me read one page of a story I brought, "Rotten Island"ù by William Steig. I told him it might inspire him and after I read one page to him, he immediately launched into a tale of a volcano, ghosts and danger."
"We reviewed the student's homework. There were very few mistakes! The student was bragging to me about the fact that his spelling worksheet the day before had been the only perfect score in the class. We spent the end of the session doing minute drills. He seems very confident about academics when it is framed as a slightly competitive activity."
"Student was given three word lists. One below grade level, one at grade level, and one that was above. Was also given two reading passages and asked comprehension questions at the end. Noticed student has difficulty pronouncing words containing long 'a' with an 'e' at the end. Also has trouble with 'ea' words. Student was given a list of these words to review which will be checked next lesson for pronunciation and meaning. Comprehension was okay."
"We worked on independent reading and words with 'oi.' The student's persistence in sounding things out is improving. She read two books on her own today. Her confidence is much improved."