Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In my session with the student, I began with a reading interest inventory to find out a little more about her and her independent reading interests. Following the inventory, I administered a running record which was at a 5th grade level, but proved challenging for her. Next week, I will administer a running record closer to her reading level. Following the running record, I gave her a passage that we will be using each session to measure fluency and rate. This passage was not as challenging for her and also gave her a chance to demonstrate vocabulary in context skills. Following the passage on fluency, we began with another passage with which I began teaching her a strategy called UNRAAVEL, which is a series of steps students use when they read a new passage in order for them to interact with the passage and "unravel" it. I instructed her to focus on reading aloud to herself this next week, and to also practice using the skills from UNRAAVEL."
"In the student's session today, we covered general comprehension questions and high order thinking problems where she needed to explain her answers. We continued "If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution" by Kay Moore today. It is a level Q non-fiction. We were able to finish as well. The questions we worked on were created the specific areas she struggled on her last exam. This was my last session with the student because I am moving. I left her reading log and binder with her family and her. This way they could create more comprehension questions that are fourth grade level to work on these skills. Also it would allow another tutor to know what we have been working on and what areas she needs to continue to work on in the future. I left her mother with activities for visualization and inferring about characters. I explained to both her and her mother how the three activities work. I also left them with notes on what areas her should work on. They are located in her black reader's notebook in pink font. In addition I left higher order thinking questions outlines so that her mom or a future tutor can continue her work in the area and create new questions. I also wanted to make sure her mom has this data in case her teacher wanted to see what she had been working on. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with. I've felt very fortunate to have the chance to work with her. If any additional information is needed please do not hesitate to ask."
"We spent half of the session working on her math and the other half on reading. She didn't have any homework this time, so we used a grade level workbook that her mother had gotten her. She had an easier time with the decoding since the reading passages were written for her grade level, but she still had trouble answering the questions without some guiding. I insisted that she work though each answer and explain why it would or would not be the best answer to the question. I suggested that she work on more of the reading in that part of the workbook while she was away."