Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Based on some of what the student said last time, I switched out the books I brought once again. He seemed more pleased with the selection. He is definitely remembering some of the vowel rules I am teaching him from session to session. If he starts to pronounce a word incorrectly, I can say-- "remember that when two vowels go walking, the first does what?"-- and he'll alter how he's pronouncing the word. This is a really exciting improvement to see!"
"The student worked on an English assignment today. He seems to be adjusting pretty well to his new classes, so I'd like to let it breathe for a little bit. Once-a-week sessions should be ok for the foreseeable future. I will keep an eye on his comfort level with the new material in his classes and we shall go from there. Good job!"
"Today we began with the student finishing his homework, and then we played a Pictionary spelling game. Using his wall sight words from school, we took turns trying to illustrate different words and spelling the answer. We then worked on his new words from the word wall chart and played a hangman spelling game with his clay letters. The hangman exercise helps him identify and sound out missing letters, and helps him remember the letter order in trickier words. We then read two sight word books, which he did very well with. We looked at more examples of words with blended sounds and played a memory game with the flashcards from our spelling exercises. We also used the words from his flashcards to compete to see who could write the longest sentences. This exercise helps him gain confidence in his writing and in sounding out his thoughts which were very original and detailed. Great job today!"
"The student wrote in response to a prompt about where he would travel if he could go anywhere in the world. I focused on helping him make his penmanship a bit neater (mostly making corrections if letters were too big or small for the lines or if capitalization was incorrect). I then did some base 10 problems with him using the block set. He seems to be catching onto the base 10 system quickly. Having physical blocks to count also seemed to help him with subtraction. I helped him to write a thank you note to his grandfather. He needed help with spelling a couple words, and I guided him in sounding them out. He was able to focus and be on task especially well today."
"It was great meeting and working with both students. After spending a little bit of time getting to know one another, we worked on analyzing their poems for homework. They had different assignments, but I had them practice reading the poems aloud to each other when analyzing for use of sound. Student A worked through two poems and Student B worked through four poems. Both focused on annotating and highlighting key words and phrases as well as examples of imagery. Then we spent some time discussing their research projects. My first goal will be to help them effectively search for and find resources that they will be able to use later."
"The student and I spent most of our time on her homework tonight. In the end, I left her with a challenge. We agreed to set up a study reminder on her phone for two days this week. She is to study for 15 minutes at that time. Studying can be reading or going over her notes. I will check on her progress next week."