Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"First, the student finished the section on order of operations. I wanted to spend extra time on this concept, so I was sure that she was remembering the order in which we carry out and find the correct value of expressions. For the remainder of the time, we completed addition, subtraction, and multiplication equations using mental math. She picked up on multiplication and addition quickly. During our next session, we will quickly finish mental math by reviewing the extra practice I gave her and by doing more multiplication problems."
"First, we reviewed expanded notation. The student was outstanding. Next, we did multiplication and division word problems. He continues to improve every session. Finally, we reviewed points on a coordinate plane."
"For literacy, we read an informational text on the history of Hershey's chocolate. Prior to reading the text, we discussed the student's prior knowledge about Hershey's chocolate and he was introduced to 12 vocabulary words extracted from the text to assist with better comprehension. We used a tic-tac-toe graphic organizer to list facts related to the topic. For math, we reviewed multiples of 2 and 3 by taking a quick quiz. We wrote down multiples of 4 and 5, and discussed the relationship between using known multiples to assist with unknowns. We focused on basic one-step multiplication word problems by drawing visual representations, a repeated addition equation, and the multiplication equation to solve."
"For math focus tonight, I had the student pull different amounts of change from a bag. She had to then count the change, round the total to the nearest 10 and then write it as a fraction of a dollar. She only had a hard time with using whole numbers, but seemed to catch on pretty quickly after I explained it. We then worked on fluency practice with a timed phrase reading. Her best time tonight was 61 phrases in 1 minute. Then I had her read a passage 3 times for a minute. I chose a passage that she had previously read a while ago to see if she maintained her speed or increased her speed. She did a fantastic job and increased her speed each time she read tonight. She started with 132 words, then read 145 words, and ended with 147 words. We also decided to just read the Fairies book tonight instead of working on cause and effect. I did ask her some questions about the topic she read to check for comprehension. We ended the session by playing a math game to practice multiplication facts."
"For math today, we worked on fractions. We converted fractions to lowest terms. We added and subtracted fractions after using least common multiples to give them the same denominators. We used diagrams to name fractions. We did mixed numbers from circle diagrams and on rulers. For reading, the student read aloud an article on the environment and answered questions in writing. He also read aloud an article on the quarterback John Elway."
"For math, the student and I worked on multiplication facts fluency using flashcards. Her automaticity is improving. We also did a division review of workbook problems. For fractions we reviewed basics of addition and subtraction fractions with like denominators, introduced strategies for adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, two ways to find equivalent fractions and convert to like denominators, and introduced strategies for word problems with fractions. Her assignment is all previous pages with fraction problems on them. For reading: Read Aloud chapter 15 in Walk Two Moons, check vocabulary and summary worksheets, and the section on written response paper."