Tag Archives: vocabulary

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

Posted in Comprehension, Tutoring | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Literacy, Planning, Tutoring | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

3 Tools for Teaching Vocabulary

In a recent post (Words, words, words: Do’s and Don’ts of Vocabulary Tutoring), we outlined some do’s and don’ts for teaching vocabulary. These include: Do teach words that matter. Don’t teach too many words at a time. Do teach some of the most common … Continue reading

Posted in Literacy, Vocabulary | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Words, words, words: Do’s and Don’ts of Vocabulary Tutoring

Words, words, words. Language and reading run the gamut from sounds and symbols (letters, syllables) to larger units of meaning including sentences and paragraphs. Put enough of those together and you get an email, poem, novel or encyclopedia. But one of … Continue reading

Posted in Vocabulary | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Majoring in the Majors: the Big Five in Literacy Tutoring

You’re all set to begin tutoring–you’ve lined up a child with whom to work and you’ve got a place to tutor–but where to begin? Well, it depends. Ideally, literacy tutoring should focus on the area or areas that a child … Continue reading

Posted in Literacy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment