Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued reviewing the expository comprehension strategies. I then worked with the student building upon previous lessons. The student is improving ahead of the standardized academic readiness exam."
"Today, I worked with the student on his creative dramatics part. He was excited to work with an actress on his lines! We also worked also on writing strategies for perspective project."
"Today again for the student's session we covered general comprehension questions and high order thinking problems where she needed to explain her answers. We used three non-fiction short stories "Roly-poly Pill Bugs" by Cynthia Sherwood, "Achoo!" by Cynthia Sherwood, and "Hide and Seek" for this lesson. She did a good job supporting her answers using both her schema and information from the text. Next week I plan to have at least two short stories with questions for her to work on answering general and higher order thinking questions again. This might better prepare her for how to respond to a variety of questions she might come across on future tests. We also were able to start up "Bad Kitty meets the Baby" by Nick Bruel. This was a level Q text. She completed questions in her reading journal. She completed two comparison, two inference, and two evaluation questions. She correctly answered all of the questions, and supported them with evidence from her background knowledge and information from the story. She completed reading seventy pages today. To help her endurance I recommended to her to check out some more of the Bad Kitty series. She will be continuing on level Q on Sunday, when we meet again. Presently I will create more higher order thinking questions and general questions for her reading log and create more comprehension worksheets that are fourth grade level to work on these skills."
"The student came to the session ready to read. We read "Ricky Ricotta" and talked about prediction and setting. He completed his math homework, and we practiced his new spelling words. We then added another author to his list of books read by various authors. His brother and I read a book by Jan Brett to add to his list for the school librarian's contest and practiced his new words for the week."
"The student came to the session today with his homework already done, since he had to sit out of football practice with a broken hand. Given that, I had him read out loud to me, and he said that someone had recently lent him a copy of a book called "Terrible Two," so I had him read the first four chapters out loud to me, going over some of the vocabulary he wasn't familiar with and making him feel more comfortable reading out loud."
"The student cannot read a full picture book on his own yet, but as I read a book aloud, I had him take turns reading and sounding out words that I knew he could handle. I then had him do a few activities on identifying initial letter sounds. With the second student, she had a book that was more on her level, so she was to read the whole book on her own, nearly without assistance. She then did an activity on pronouncing blends and another on word spellings."