The student came to today's session extremely prepared, and I was glad to see that we were back on track. To start out the session, I gave him a spelling quiz, and he did a lot better than usual. After the quiz, I had him do another self reflection, and then we worked on another "Fix the Errors" handout. He seemed to recognize most of the mistakes, but he still struggles with plural and irregular plural possessives. However, when he and I moved on to editing his writing assignments, he recognized most of the mistakes he made regarding plural possessives and was able to change those errors before we went through the essay. In reviewing his essays, we started out with Essay #1 and went through it for a third time. He was very comfortable with that essay, and I think that next week he will be turning in the final product. As we moved on to Essay #2, I noticed that the student had dramatically improved from Essay #1 to Essay #2. He still had trouble with spelling and grammar, and I think he may be relying too heavily on his computer's spell check and grammar check, but I did notice great improvement in essay structure, main ideas, supporting evidence, and directness. By the time he and I moved on to his free write about his favorite season, he was much more comfortable with the process. I've noticed that he's begun to correct his own errors before I bring his attention to them. He's also a lot less shy about telling me what he intended to say with a specific sentence. Overall, we still struggle the most with grammar and spelling, but I am noticing improvement. He had a great attitude about everything we went over, and I truly believe he is starting to enjoy the writing process. To me, it seems that he no longer sees his errors as a flaw, but almost a challenge that he can and will overcome. On the first day we met, I gave him a quote by C.S. Lewis that I have grown to love. This week, I noticed that he had pasted the quote to the front of his writing folder. He is a dedicated student, and I am certain he will become a great writer. I also reminded him that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. I encouraged him to keep on practicing, because each week, we get closer and closer to that 10,000 mark. For next week, I asked him to revise Essay #1 and Essay #2. I also asked him to study for our next spelling quiz, which will contain new misspelled words from Essay #2.
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