"Today was my first session with this student. We reviewed his Social Studies assignment, four journal entries. He had already gotten a good start on the first entry, so before we proceeded, we established kind of a road map for his writing, identifying what points out of the journal day he would dedicate to his four entries. Once we had determined when the journal entries would take place, he proceeded with the writing.
Because he was writing about a specific event, we pulled up multiple tabs on his computer with information on the event from sources like CNN and NPR, so that he could reference these resources throughout his writing process to make sure his piece was as accurate as possible.
Before writing the remainder of the entries, I suggested we watch a news clip on the incident so that he could get a better picture of the look and feel of what happened on that day. We jotted down a few notes that we wanted to end up in the writing piece, and I demonstrated the strategy of getting down a few bullet points before even composing the paragraph, to have an idea of a few key points one wants to include.
At the end of writing the entries, I asked him to read it once more to himself to see if he could catch any edits he might have wanted to change, before I proofread it for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. After the assignment was complete, we reviewed key parts to the writing process such as establishing a road map and reading it over before submitting the final product.
The student did a wonderful job with this assignment, and definitely demonstrated a strong comprehension of what his teacher was asking. I was impressed by his written vocabulary and word choice, and he wrote high-quality sentences. The main area of improvement for this assignment would be to keep an eye out for punctuation errors -- I pointed out to him that there were numerous times when he inserted a comma where a period should be, so I told him to watch out for run-on sentences.
To conclude our session, I asked him a few questions to get a sense of what he likes best in school, what topics are most challenging for him, and things he enjoyed working on most with his previous tutor. Overall it was a great session and I was impressed by his writing."