Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student completed the rough draft of his personal narrative. We also discussed the narrative he is currently reading. I gave him a reflection assignment to be completed by our next session."
"The student is writing a personal narrative about a trip to Galena with her family. She knows and can verbally explain what she wants to write but has difficulties organizing her ideas in writing. She broke her story into 4 parts with one paragraph already written. First, we checked the spelling for her first paragraph. Next, I asked her to number and note the order of events for the second paragraph on a second sheet of paper. She wanted to continue the same activity for the third paragraph. Then, I asked her questions about her events, and with an arrow she added more description to each event. From here, she worked on transferring the notes from her outline to creating them into sentences and paragraphs. I gave her the choice of starting with dialogue, which she prefers, or starting with a standard sentence. She chose dialogue but also added standard sentences for the first two events. Here, we hit a "focus wall," so she showed me photos of some of the rental houses in Galena. This caused her to add a few details to her listed order of events."
"The student and I reviewed more of his monthly homework. We also practiced division facts and spelling sight words."
"With both boys, I worked on reading concepts and skills; specifically, fluency. The first student struggled mostly with reading accuracy and speed, while the second student's challenge was with reading skills, such as capitalization, punctuation, and common and proper nouns. Both boys were eager and receptive during the sessions. I used chunking and segmenting to help the boys read with more accuracy. I had purchased two books for the boys that they are to use for homework practice each week. While I did not see any scores, the boys' grandparents were very informative about their needs."
"With Student 1, we corrected his practice work and he did a good job. His cursive is looking great! Then we finished up the story he has been working on. He added a ton of details, and we talked about grammar and spelling along the way. I was proud of his finished product - I will send it to you so you can see how much he added. With Student 2, we worked on measurement and data -reading graphs, as this is a big standard k-12th grade. He did an excellent job. We then finished his writing about football. He added a lot, and we talked about capitalization and punctuation while we were correcting it."
"With Student 1, we covered active and passive tense by throwing a pencil back and forth. Then, we went over past and present tense. It was, as always, wonderful to coax a smile out of him. Student 2 and I went over literary words (oxymoron, etc.) to study for her upcoming final."