Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At this session, the student and I reviewed some of the major events and themes in The Titan's Curse, which she has finished. As she recounted the events in the last few chapters, I kept a list of questions she had about events which were confusing to her. Some of these questions could be answered by looking in the text, others required drawing inferences from the text, and still others were larger questions about why certain characters related to each other in specific ways (for example, Kronos is at war with his own children). After discussing these, we returned to the question I had posed to her last time: what is a myth? We found a passage in the book in which the character Apollo explains how it could be that he drives the sun across the sky in a chariot, when in reality the sun is a star that the earth rotates around. We discussed what the student knows about astronomy, the meaning of the word philosophy (from the text), what the Greek myths were, and how stories such as these can be powerful even though they do not correspond with what we know from scientific research."
"I quizzed the student on his last spelling unit words. He missed four of 15. We reviewed the missed words. Then he wrote a paragraph, a short fictional narrative, based on his reading passage from our last session and using the outline we had made then. He wrote more than the seven sentences I had requested and did a good job on the sentence construction. His story was creative and included descriptive details and facts from the passage. I encouraged him to take his time and to proofread his paragraph before I looked at it with him. He was able to spot some errors by himself and suggested the correct revisions. Finally, we read the paper aloud and proofed it together. He had correctly spelled several words which had been in his spelling units. For this Thursday's session, I have asked him to study all the words he has missed in the quizzes. We made a list of about 15 words. Typically, he was focused and intent on doing well."
"*Reviewed letter recognition. *Reviewed number recognition, and he was able to recognize all numbers 1-10 with no problem. *Wrote alphabet. *Wrote his first name with no problem. *Read two books and assigned them for at home reading daily. He learned a few new words, such as "cat," "hat," "see," and "bed." *Reviewed sounds of "A" "B" "C" "D" and "E". He also gave me words that start with these letters. *Wrote numbers 1-10. Issues with 2,3,5,9, so I had him practice writing these numbers multiple times. *Did counting activities. *Practiced writing numbers 11-20, which he did well. *Practiced counting 1 to 20."
"The student read a short story for me during our session; and we discussed the text as she was reading. She also responded to a series of multiple choice and short response questions. She is doing very well at monitoring her understanding; and asking questions if she is confused or doesn't understand what a word means. We are going to work more on context clues so she can solve words on her own. I think this will help her enjoy reading more and it will boost her confidence."
"The students read targeted words from the passage in order to increase engagement. We focused on visualizing and predictions. The students read words as accurately and quickly as possible while focusing on blending sounds together mentally first."
"We continue work on vocabulary acquisition, comprehension and application with a special emphasis on semantic concepts. Additionally we worked on compound/complex syntactic structures. We also continued a reading of an adapted version of Frankenstein."