Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started the session by writing the agenda on the board before bringing the student into the room. I planned to lead him through the process of writing his own very simple story about perseverance, using the experience to talk about how authors come up with stories generally, and then finish by pointing out the similarities between the author and main character of "Where the Red Fern Grows". The student, as I expected he would, chose a setting (Hawaii) that he had been to, characters (his family members) that knew well, and an event that he had experienced himself (swimming in the ocean). Beyond his real experiences, he struggled to come up with purely fictional obstacles in order to demonstrate perseverance, but seemed to catch on when I suggested things (waves, a shark). He had written these story elements on the board, and when finished, I prompted him to write everything down in his tablet. Tying in his choice to use what he knew to write, I wrote on the board and read aloud some sentences about how authors often write from what they know. Then I tied this to the similarities between the fictional life of Billy and the real life of the author. In the near future, I will lead him through completing a Venn Diagram for schoolwork based on this information. I had him read his story to his father at the of the session."
"We began the session by reviewing her homework assignments which were fifth grade level worksheets with one focusing on vocabulary on the topic of civil rights and peaceful protesters and the second one focusing on reading comprehension and the origins of southern food. She showed that she understood the passages well and only asked about special terms such as "poll tax." Today's session was when I decided to advance the level of practice exam questions to the next grade level since she has consistently shown that she has a strong command of practice exam questions at the fifth grade level for reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and writing analysis. She did not show that she had any difficulty with the higher level of questions. We then discussed new assignments and I indicated that I wanted her to practice her writing skills. So, I explained my book report assignment and she shared what she is currently reading. I decided to proceed with the book report assignment that I usually assign to middle school students, along with a new worksheet on vocabulary that is at the 5th grade level. We will continue with sixth grade level practice exam questions for our next session. I am basing the questions on other entrance exams and assessment exams."
"The student started the session by reviewing vocabulary words that we went over from last time. She has a test on Friday on these words and I gave her a quiz. She did quite well on the test. After the test, she informed me that in class she is working on the concept of theme in a story. I had her read a short story and share the plot and theme with me. After the reading of the short story, we continued to read the novel from last week--"Junie B Jones." I had her give me the theme from each chapter and to write down the big ideas. I also had her do some reading out loud to wrap up the session."