Category Archives: Tutoring

Changing “Hen to Fox,” “Hike to Chase” & Struggle to Success!

In the last post, we looked at some activities to build words that tutors can use with learners who need some help with letters, sounds, sound patterns and how they go together to make words. In this post, we’ll look … Continue reading

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Under construction: Some building blocks of reading

Emergent readers and struggling readers often need some practice with the building blocks of language–letters, the sounds they make when we put them together in print, and the words they make. While the larger goal of reading is comprehension, readers … Continue reading

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Love at first “sight”: Teaching high-frequency sight words

English is a word lovers dream! Linguists believe English has the largest vocabulary of the 6,000 languages on Earth. On June 10, 2009 the Global Language Monitor noted that English language passed the million word threshold (the millionth word was … Continue reading

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A model for active reading and tutoring

Learning to read is not unlike learning to play an instrument. Both require time, materials, and instruction. As for time, we know that for both early experiences matter–for readers early experiences with books that come from adult read aloud from … Continue reading

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Two metaphors for reading that can help us be better tutors

In this post, we look at literacy tutoring through the lens of two metaphors. The first metaphor suggests that reading is like a mathematical equation in which the whole of reading is the sum of its parts. The second uses a cooking metaphor … Continue reading

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A checklist for making a good first impression, Part 3

This is the third and final post about helping tutors get tutoring off to a good start with new students (learners). In parts one and two, we looked at creating a plan for the first session or two to help establish … Continue reading

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First impressions in tutoring, Part 2

This is the second of a three-part series of posts to help tutors get tutoring off to a good start with new students (learners). In part one, we looked at creating a plan for the first session or two to … Continue reading

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