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Tuesday Tip-Let’s Chat!

Today’s Tuesday Tip is written by our new Saturday Assistant Site Director, Asia!  Once you have gotten to know your tutee try and keep an open dialogue with them from session to session. It is important that both tutee and tutor feel comfortable communicating with each other. If the tutee feels comfortable communicating with you […]

November 18, 2014 in Tuesday Tips, Volunteers by

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Tuesday Tip- Using SPOT and DOT

Today’s Tuesday Tip is written by Lisa, Site Director at Science Park!    Our most recent Wendy North Training focused on helping our students decode multisyllabic words. From Lisa: My biggest take-away from the training: Teaching students to read multisyllable words starts with showing them strategies to read all of the 18 vowel sounds. Teach them […]

November 4, 2014 in Tuesday Tips, Volunteers by

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Tuesday Tip: Building your tutee’s confidence!

Today’s Tuesday Tip is written by our new Saturday Assistant Site Director, Asia!  Building Confidence Find ways to build your student’s “Academic Ego” in every session. Some kids are naturally confident and some kids are not, especially when it comes to academics. Here are a few ways your can increase your student’s confidence throughout a […]

September 23, 2014 in Tuesday Tips by

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Tuesday Tips: Thick as THIEVES

THIEVES is a pre-reading strategy that helps students understand the purpose of a nonfiction text using an easily remembered acronym. Students learn how to “steal” information from the Title, Headings, Introduction, Every first sentence, Visuals & Vocabulary, End-of-chapter questions, and Summary before reading the entire expository text.  Using THIEVES will allow you and your student to […]

April 22, 2014 in Tuesday Tips, Volunteers by

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Tuesday Tips: Help Your Student Digest Nonfiction Text

This weekend we hosted Wendy North from Literacy How, Inc. for a tutor training on Nonfiction Reading Comprehension. Wendy gave an overview about what she called expository text — informative text that puts out ideas. Here are some of the notable characteristics of expository text. It: Communicates facts Covers a wide range of genres and formats Is […]

April 8, 2014 in News & Events, Tuesday Tips, Volunteers by

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Tuesday Tips: Choosing a book to read with your student

Today’s Tuesday Tip is intended to help you select books with your student for the oral reading portion of your tutoring hour. While we have books that are organized according to grade level at each site, choosing a book can sometimes still be difficult. Reading levels can be broken into three categories: independent instructional frustration […]

April 1, 2014 in News & Events, Tuesday Tips by

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Tuesday Tips: Flyleaf Decodable Literature Library

About the Books At this past weekend’s Wendy North Tutor Training, we were all introduced to the Flyleaf Publishing Decodable Literature Library book series. This is a series of picture books that highlight particular phonics skills through engaging stories. The book series builds systematically from single consonants and short vowels all the way through variant […]

March 4, 2014 in News & Events, Tuesday Tips by

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Tuesday Tips: Open-Ended Questions

This is a great tip for encouraging oral language skill development, imagination, and thinking! When talking with your student try to use open-ended questions. Open-ended questions allow students to answer beyond ‘yes’ and ‘no’. These types of questions are great for discussing the books you read together. Here’s a handy guide for asking open-ended questions: […]

December 3, 2013 in Programs, Tuesday Tips, Volunteers by

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Tuesday Tips: What’s a tutor to do?

Today’s tip is from our Wendy North Tutor Training this past Saturday on the importance of oral language for reading. Wendy provided a few bullet points on things tutors can do during the session: Be a good role model Pick your battles Be intentional: Start every session with “social pleasantries” Play your favorite language games […]

November 5, 2013 in News & Events, Tuesday Tips, Volunteers by

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Tuesday Tips: Teachable Moments

Today’s Tuesday Tip is written by Lisa Loeb, Site Director at Science Park.  At our last tutor training, a tutor asked how to best take advantage of teachable moments. We hope Lisa’s real world example helps identify when and how to capitalize on teachable moments during the tutoring hour. A teachable moment happens when a […]

October 22, 2013 in Programs, Tuesday Tips, Volunteers by

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