Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started with the student's homework which was to read two articles and answer questions about the articles. Then we did a comprehension exercise including reading a story and answering questions. Next I taught the student how to use a KWL chart to graph what he Knows, what he Wants to know, and what he Learned. We used this chart before reading story. The student did very well and only needed to look back at the story for one question. I had him copy the KWL chart into his journal. We read a Weekly Reader article and made a KWL chart for it then answered questions. Last, we read "Grandma's Table" and predicted what we thought the story would be about by looking at captions and pictures."
"The student and I started today by reading her new book "A Surprise for Mom" as well as reading "Eat Your Broccoli" again. She did really well reading "A Surprise for Mom," and as a fun challenge, I asked her to read "Eat Your Broccoli" backwards (which was also my way of making sure she was reading the words instead of just remembering the very simple story). She did pretty well with that--it was definitely slower than when she read it the proper way, but even I had to slow down to read the words in the opposite order we normally read them. Then I quizzed her on her sight words. We talked about instances where "k" is silent, like in "know" and in "knight." We then did more practice visualizing letters. She is starting to get the hang of writing the letters in the air and then reading them back to me, which is all building her ability to remember letter combinations and thus recognize words at a glance. We finished by doing her favorite activity, where she gets to be the teacher, and I'm the student who struggles in spelling. I find this works really well as a teaching tool--she is more likely to remember the strange words, spelling rules, and exceptions, when she has to explain why a certain word is spelled one way instead of the other, and she really enjoys watching me have a "hard" time spelling."
"We started the session by reviewing the spelling of the student's vocabulary words from his text book - he did a great job spelling all of the words correctly, a great improvement from last week. Then we spent the majority of the rest of the session reading his paperback book "Chains", finishing up with a review of the spelling of his vocab words."