Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student 1 and I read from her book for most of our session. We alternated reading, working on fluency and comprehension. She was very enthusiastic to read today and read with much inflection and expression. We worked on an antonym and homonym activity and her vocabulary continues to grow. Student 2 and I finished a novel. We worked on interpreting poetry line by line and read a nonfiction text on famous people in history. Student 3 and I worked on the letters of the alphabet. He was able to correctly identify 16 of the letters and we worked closely with the letters E, P, and Y. We used various made-up rhymes to help him remember these three "new" letters."
"I created reading comprehension worksheets based on the book the student and I started last time. She did a good job reading closely and paying attention. I discovered today that she is especially strong at characterization through dialogue. She sensed that a certain line was sarcastic and delivered it with grace. I'd like to explore more dialogue next time. The area where I particularly want to focus on is having her work on finding clues through reading and making inferences. If she can find a part of the text that answers the question verbatim, she can do that. She did more reading comprehension today than previous sessions. She is a sweet, determined student who lights up when she receives praise. I made sure to compliment her on her reading aloud, and she read out loud better than ever before."
"We worked on a journal entry, daily language review, and some reading aloud. Great focus and curiosity!"
"We broke from our usual pattern today and reviewed introductory paragraphs, which the student has consistently found to be difficult. We went through a variety of activities where she identified good or bad work done by other authors, and then wrote her own examples."
"We changed things up today and focused on vocabulary. I had a series of useful words from our first five lessons, and we looked up their definitions in a dictionary. The student hadn't really used a dictionary before, so it was good for him to learn how they work. Next week, we'll be back to our usual routine, and I think we'll end our session by reading something fun."
"We continue to do whatever may help increase fluency and understanding while reading. We "play" with word families to familiarize her with repeating sounds that occur in words, read and reread phonics books, use Scrabble tiles to create words and change a letter each time, and practice with the definitions in the picture dictionary to increase vocabulary. She continues to amaze with her recognition of longer words!"