Term One The 3rd of March to the 10th of April Jonathon and I had a wonderful start to our tutoring sessions. Fortunately we had already had the time to get to know one another whilst I was on placement in his classroom as a student teacher. Jonathon was very enthusiastic about starting tutoring with me on the 3rd of March. Session One: Jonathon and I worked at his house after school and he had a fantastic work ethic and concentrated for the hour and a half session even though he was we were working with a difficult text. The last part of the session was spent playing a game.
When I was two, I started preschool at my synagogue. In preschool, I continued to learn the alphabet and I learned to recognize my name. Reading has always been a big part in my life. When my mom was pregnant with me she used to read to my older brother, so in a way she was reading to me too. When I was a toddler, my favorite books were
English wasn’t an easy subject for me, I always had trouble with the language, but I had to try to teach myself some basic roles that where taught to students in the first grade. This didn’t bother me that much but rather it help me to see where my weakness is and try to work on it. I started to go to the library every day after school and try to read kids’ books to help myself out. And eventually I caught up with my class mates in English class, I was at the same level as my classmates. This was one of my grandest accomplishments in life, to learn a new language.
Another aspect I particularly struggled with was grammar as this has been a week point my entire life. In order to work through this I have stopped using my tablet and organised for my work to be proof read by an outsider. Areas I felt went particularly well was my teacher interview which gave me a lot of information. I thoroughly enjoyed researching my graded unit and found the information very interesting and beneficial to take forward in my career. The Feedback received from my tutor on my implementation part was that I related ... ... middle of paper ... ...timescale.
They valued reading and books so when I was born, I was immersed in a world of reading. In the morning, I watched my parents read the paper and in the evening I watched them read magazines and their own books. When I went to daycare, I was read to. My parents would take me on weekly trips to the local library where I would pick from the seemingly inexhaustible amount of books available to me. At home, we had more
I was his first granddaughter and he would sit with me every day after school to read a book series called FlatFoot Fox so I could improve my reading. At first, he used to read to me and I would follow along then I started reading. He would help me sound out any word I didn’t know. He would also help me with all my homework and made sure I did it all. My new school was bigger, and they had so many books, art supplies, and games.
Meanwhile, I was always behind my classmates in basic math and English skills. All through elementary and middle school, I was enrolled in extra classes for reading, writing and math, all because my reading and writing was so weak. Comprehension was a big problem, and I had to learn to pick apart instructions to get the answers that were needed. Work was not something that I minded but I did have to work hard. I worked hard everyday because I knew that this was something I needed to do.
Later, when the 3rd grade was over and Summer was here, I was still sitting on my mother’s workstation reading to her and anyone else that cared to listen. In the early stages of my reading, my mom was focused on the time I spent reading and the quantity, but she was not so focused on my understanding of the words or the story that was being told through them. So, we made the switch. Now, I was reading fewer books but gaining a better understanding of the words and the meaning of them. As soon as school started again, I was passing the AR tests and even passing my friends in AR
I help them discover different techniques for certain math problems or easy ways to search for information in a story. I love bringing myself back to the mind of the third grader to help them understand their work. Teaching to a mind of my own age, on the other hand, is not always easier. For a few years, I have been a math tutor during school. For 20 minutes a day, before or after lunch, a few other tutors and I help any students who need extra help.
I really wish that I had the time to spend days with her soaking up the knowledge she has to share. In the third grade class that I observed this week I saw how using technology during guided reading and guided math lessons reduce the commotion in the classroom and the work load on the teacher. I was amazed at the difference from second grade to third grade with students being one to one with iPads. This coming week I will be spending a few hours with several other teachers to watch additional strategies for guided math, guided reading, and writing. There is so much to learn from so many great teachers at Hendrix and I am running out of time