Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began the session by playing our high frequency word game. I changed the words in the game to more complex words. Next, he completed his homework assignment which was to write a story about his class putting on a puppet show. He had to use a list of singular nouns as possessive nouns in his story. After completing his homework, we reviewed his spelling words for the week. We then did a long vowel/short vowel sort. He grouped all the long vowels together and all the short vowels together very well."
"During today's session we worked on reading a complex text. We discussed how to determine the meaning of words based on their context, as well as using root words. We utilized retelling strategies to digest the content of the passage. I also emphasized the importance of re-reading, and modeled thinking during difficult parts of the passage. After reading, we worked on answering text dependent questions. During this portion of the session, I focused our work on short response writing, and emphasized the need to read over writing in order to correct mistakes, such as repeat words, and capitalization. Towards the end of the session, we worked on math concepts around number sense. We used manipulatives to break numbers into their factors, and worked to see relationships between factors of a number."
"The student and I primarily worked on her writing skills today. We also went over text structure and critical analysis as well. She has an upcoming district assessment that we will be preparing for in each upcoming lesson."
"In our session today, I mainly focused on getting to know the student. This helps me better understand a student and better fit their needs. I asked her to read several sight words, and she was able to recall about half the words. I would like to review all the sight words and the word patterns she learned in the past year in 1st grade before we move on to 2nd grade level. For extra practice, I gave her the flashcards with sight words to work on for the weekend. Next week, I plan on assessing her reading level and focusing on phonics mainly."
"In Reading, we reviewed finding word meaning in context, drawing conclusions and making inferences, distinguishing between fact and opinion, and comprehension. In Writing, we worked on writing a friendly letter. The student struggled with distinguishing between fact and opinion. After reading passages, he was unsure if a sentence or statement was a fact or opinion. I emphasized how an opinion is what a person feels, thinks, or believes. I would give other examples to get him to determine if a statement is a fact or opinion. However, he did do well with comprehension. He was able to recall details from the passages read after prompted with questions. For writing, I had the student start a friendly letter composition. He wrote it to his cousin. He continued to display a positive attitude and great improvement in reading and writing."
"In the session that covered reading primarily, I did a Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) with the student. When the school tested her, they reported her at a level 4. When I tested her yesterday, we tested at levels 12 and 14. Her accuracy was about 90% on both of the examinations, but her comprehension score was low (12, on a scale of 1-24). Comprehension is the next hurdle that we need to focus on working on. I am going to print of a bunch of reading passages that are appropriate for her to practice comprehension that her mom can have, and I also highly suggested having her report back what happened in the TV show she watched or in the movie she watched, to practice retelling a story with enough details. Her comprehension score is not anything to be too concerned about right now -- in a few months her accuracy with reading has improved dramatically. Her comprehension score will do the same."