Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"It was a pleasure working with the student yesterday. She had a writing assignment from her teacher due next week on her outside reading book. She was able to recall the plots and main characters as we created an outline for her assigned letter. She chose two quotations to cite in her assignment, and we edited what she had already written in her introduction paragraph and mapped out the next few paragraphs. She seemed excited and interested in her outside reading book, and she discovered during our search for quotes that there is a sequel to the book she might want to read."
"After spring break, the student started learning polynomials in Algebra, so we worked on finding the degree of a polynomial as well as how to add and subtract them vertically. Her history class is working on turning Clementine Hunter quotations into paintings; so we worked on deciphering what was meant in the quote so that she knows what she wants to paint tomorrow in class. Finally, we completed her science homework for the week, which included making a table of variables in the body maintained by homeostasis. She is really good at remembering what is said in class; you can really tell that she pays attention!"
"The student was ready do to her Math homework and Social Studies extra credit. I coached her through a Math assignment on Pythagorean theory. She initially had difficulty understanding that it's not important which of the smaller sides are considered 'a' or 'b' and simplifying radicals. However, she seemed to be comfortable by the end of the assignment. We then worked on a Social Studies extra credit crossword puzzle on the Pacific Theater of World War II that I saw in her binder. Finally, I had Amanda quiz herself for tomorrow's science test using the online resources her teacher had set up. I briefed her parents before leaving."
"The student finished his language arts homework quickly and without difficulty. We spent the rest of our time working on his Spanish homework. I also suggested working ahead on his vocabulary words."
"The student and I started the lesson by looking over his Math HW, focusing on decimal work. We worked on extra worksheets in ordering numbers with decimals from greatest to least, and we spent extra time on how to evaluate which numbers are the largest. He got the second set of 15 problems complete with only one error. We reviewed his vocabulary and also worked on his music homework (filling in notes with a treble or bass clef). We finished up the last 30 minutes with extra practice with adding and subtracting numbers with decimals and additional work with rounding large numbers."
"Today, the student and I began a longer-term project on storytelling and developing a story for the stage. This project will incorporate public speaking skills, writing skills, and self-reflection and observation. We did a couple of activities to exercise our storytelling brains and talk about what makes a story and where we find them in the world. We listened to a storyteller on stage tell a story about a tough year teaching 3rd grade. We then spoke about practicing ethnography in our everyday lives, and I gave her the task of picking something to observe about herself over the next week. Toward the end of the session, we talked about blogging, another project she would like to start on her own that I will help out with. We spoke about blogging styles and topics, and she will brainstorm this week about her blog."