Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I are beginning ordinals and sequencing in Singapore math. I am also introducing "mad minute" to keep his skills up in addition and subtraction. We studied spiders from two perspectives--reading a science book about spiders and reading "Anansi the Spider," an African folk tale. We talked about where Ghana is on a map and introduced the concept of cultures. We used the two spider books as the basis for our daily word journal. He then wrote in his daily journal using the "spider" words."
"The student and I reviewed her homework where we practiced math facts and wrote her spelling words. Then, we started planning a fairy tale by using a pre-writing template. She planned out the characters, the problem, and the resolution. She did an excellent job thinking creatively to plan her story. Next week, we will write the story using the pre-writing template."
"Today, the student and I worked on math and reading. We started with math and the student did really well with this! We worked through his homework that worked on taking tens and making them into hundreds. The student had no problem understanding that ten tens is one hundred. His addition also seems to be improving. We then moved onto reading. We read several books and the student did well. He struggles with some sight words, but is good at sounding out words."
"We spent the majority of the time reviewing the student's math homework, which he knew how to do. We finished off our time studying and reading for his science quiz tomorrow."
"We worked on a review of the student's California research project, brainstorming some categories to research, then thinking about how to put ideas into our own words. I modeled the strategy of reading 2 or 3 sentence chunks before beginning to revise. This allows for more summarizing and a deeper understanding of the key ideas. The student grew more focused as the session went on. I focused on vocabulary a bit in our research, and tried to get him to use context clues to figure out words he wasn't sure about including linguistic, terrain (which he knew), and some others."
"During this session, the student did not have any immediate homework, so I had brought with me reading passages with questions that were at his level. He highlighted the words he knew, and then we'd discussed the words he didn't know. We added words to our chart of "new" and "old" words. He said that he is doing much better in English at school and moving up in groups. The student struggles with English in general. He's better at conversation and reading enunciation, but doesn't retain what he's read. The student is always excited about our lessons and works hard. I included strategies for him to pronounce words more clearly, define words, and use them in sentences. I left him with a passage that he had to follow in the same way we did the earlier one, and at the end there are two questions he must answer. He is improving at school. This session was a win."