I tutored the same girl I've been tutoring for the past couple of weeks. We worked on math, reading and vocabulary. I can see improvement in her multiplication which is what she said she needed help on.
I tutored two little girls, who were very productive despite me switching back and forth to help them individually since they were at two different levels. They both worked on math, vocabulary, and reading. Although my attention was split, they were very patient in waiting their turn for me to help them, when they were stuck on a problem.
I got to work with a third grade girl. We worked on math, spelling and reading. She enjoyed reading a short story the most, but also asked for help when she didn't understand a math problem.
During the tutoring, I worked with the same student I've been tutoring for the past couple of weeks. We worked on the vocabulary, which he completed pretty quickly and even read the short questions out loud, while I read the long questions out loud; this shows that he's attempting to speak more English during the tutoring session. He also completed the timed reading, in which he read for one minute in English to see how fast and accurately he can read in English. Although he read slowly, he read accurately and sounded out words he didn't know how to pronounce. Finally, we worked on the math which he is really good at.
I tutored, again, the same boy I've been tutoring for the past weeks. Today we were able to complete the math packet and the reading comprehension packet. He was able to answer all the math packet questions on his own, except for one question about telling time that confused him. He read the first paragraph of the short story on his own. Although he reads slowly and very quietly, it's understandable since English is not his native language. He continues to ask me how to pronounce a word when he doesn't know, which shows initiative to improvement. I read the rest of the story to him and allowed him to work on the questions on his own. I still read the questions and multiple-choice to him, but this time I let him answer the questions on his own then checked his answers when he completed the packet. When I did this approach, he only got 5/12 questions wrong. This is such a big improvement for him because before I used to translate the story and questions to him, now he rarely asks for translations.
I really enjoyed today's session; the student was really engaged and productive during today's tutoring session. He worked on the vocabulary sheet first; I read the question and answer choices to him in English. He didn't ask for the translation into Spanish as he did before; he did ask for a few clarifications about the question. Then, he worked on math problems; he completed them on his own at a steady pace and answered them correctly. I was really excited that he read three paragraphs in English, out loud, all on his own. To me, this showed his willingness to push himself and expand his English skills. I finished reading the story for him and guided him through the questions, which he was able to answer with some translation and guidance to the reading again.
In today's tutoring session, I tutored the same little boy that I've been tutoring for the past two weeks. Today, he wasn't as motivated to work on math, yet he still pushed through and completed about half of the packet. On the other hand, he was ready and engaged when working on the vocabulary worksheet. I read the question and choices to him and he was able to understand, without me having to translate from English to Spanish. I think that this is an improvement because when I first tutored him, I translated the question and answer choices. We also worked on the reading packet, but since he's still not comfortable with reading in English yet, I read in English and then guided him with answering the questions. I think that we've made progress because very little does he asks for translation to Spanish, compared to when I first tutored him. From what I've observed, he understands his grade-level English vocabulary, he's just not comfortable speaking or reading it. I enjoyed today's session because he was really focused and engaged.
Today I had the pleasure of tutoring the same student from last week. Since he already knew me, he wasn't as shy and was much more engaged than last week. Similar to last week, I tutored him in Spanish because he's most fluent in Spanish than English. However, today I tried something new when working on the vocabulary; I read the question and multiple choice in English and he translated the choices to Spanish while I translated the question into Spanish. I was honestly quite surprised that he translated the majority of the choices correctly and very rarely did he ask for clarification in Spanish. This showed to me that he does know some English, he just may not be as comfortable speaking it. When working on the Math packet, he worked pretty quickly through it and had his own method for addition and subtraction. I did notice that he has trouble with telling time and the addition of money value. I like how he advocates for himself and asks me when I need to translate something from English to Spanish, it showed me he isn't afraid of asking for help.
Today I worked with a second-grade boy; he preferred that we converse in Spanish since his English is limited. Although he was very shy at first, as we progressed in the tutoring session, he became talkative and more engaged. Based on my observations, since he's timid and reserve, he would have a hard time concentrating, which resulted in me giving him more prompting and guidance, which could also be because he's still very young. When working on the math, I had to provide him with direct step-by-step questions to answer the question, but for a kid in second-grade, he knows his addition and subtraction fairly well.
As a tutor, I have to adapt to the individual needs of each student, since they all have very different ways of learning and absorbing the information. He wasn't ready to read in English just yet and was very opposed and uncomfortable with speaking in English. Therefore, I read the story in English to him, but in small bits. After reading the story, I read the questions and answer choices to him and if he didn't understand I would repeat the question or translate it to Spanish. Although his English vocabulary is limited, he did surprisingly well in the vocabulary section, but sometimes I did have to provide extra prompting to focus.
I enjoyed today's tutoring session because it allowed me to use my Spanish to tutor because although I'm fluent in Spanish, I've never used it when tutoring. It also became visibly prominent that for Bi-lingual students, it's much harder to keep up in school because they may speak Spanish more at home and only English at school, so they may not necessarily have a balance between the languages. Having a fluent balance between two languages is essential because it allows the student to meet the academic standards in school and social life at home.