Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, the student had read ahead, and I wanted to make sure she understood everything. The chapter that I assigned her to read was a longer one, and it had some tough concepts in it. The author was setting us up for the adventure part of the story. We revisited the chapter and read it aloud. We would stop and discuss the different themes, and how they might relate to her life. She's really showing signs of improvement as she reads, and she's great at making connections and predictions in the story. For our next session, I suggested that she get a notebook that is dedicated to reading, so we can take notes together on the book, and she can take notes while she's reading at home to help her remember. I'm eager to see how she does next session."
"The student and his mother had brought back all of their currently checked-out library books as well as my beginning chapter book. I had him sort through ones that he had and hadn't read in order to return some to the library. In the process, we started a long conversation about which books he liked and why and whether he liked reading. I gave him a Transformers book and assigned him to look at and through it (not "read" it) for a timed 5 minutes. Then I debriefed with him about the book and tried to persuade him that he could, and already had, read some of it--especially the picture captions. I did the same for a Sports Illustrated book about NBA basketball. He really got into the basketball book and reading the titles and captions. In fact, he had a hard time leaving the library because he wanted to keep looking at it. I encouraged his mother to keep reading some of the harder beginning chapter books *with* him on a regular basis. I gave his mother information about how to find more of the particular "rabbit robot" books that he had liked so much."
"I worked with the student today on reading and response. I watched her complete a class assignment she was given and made sure she understood the passages we read."
"Today, we continued our work on multiplication using the number line. The student's comprehension has really increased with this strategy! She was given a series of problems, such as rewriting addition problems into multiplication problems, writing arrays as multiplication problems, then solving the problems, determining how to express a group as multiplication problems, and using the number line to solve problems. These techniques have broadened her understanding and built her confidence. We also continued her work on comprehension in reading. She is more confident with her reading. Initially, she struggled with comprehension and decoding. She is improving in these areas, as well. She was given more practice in these areas for homework. This was a very productive session!"
"Today, we continued to work on the student's reading comprehension skills by practicing reading short story excerpts and answering questions. I had him practice reading to himself and out loud. He also practiced underlining key facts while reading, which helped with answering questions after reading. I can notice definite improvements in his reading comprehension skills, and his reading skills in general. He is beginning to be more confident in reading out loud. We also spent a bit of time reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" to continue what he has been reading on his own. He seems to enjoy reading the book and wants to continue reading more, despite it being challenging, which is great. He should continue reading on his own every day, as well as practicing reading out loud to someone who can check for accuracy and pronunciation while he is reading."
"Today, we continued working on the digraph -wh. We added the word who to the list of words we are targeting in the -wh family. We reviewed the words we previously worked on: where, what, when, and why. She did very well at sounding out those words. To close, we played word bingo with -wh words."