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Take Notes Throughout the Lesson

Keeping a teacher’s log can be an effective tool for tutors by providing an easy and effective way to document and track students’ progress. By taking time in class to make quick notes about the students’ progress, tutors will have an external memory source to use when preparing for subsequent lessons with students. Having a structured means of creating a [Read on...]

Teach Based on Student’s Interests

We all have interests in this life whether it is video games, Barbie’s, sports, wedding dresses, or model airplanes. Countless hours go into things that interest us the most. We are well versed in these things and dedicate time to them. We are passionate about our interests; nobody needs to pull our leg to devote time to them. Likewise, students [Read on...]

Oral Reading: Getting All the Words Right

Check out these great ideas from Project Read Tutor Roger Williams, and feel free to share your own ideas.

“Cold” Reading

You are asked to read something that you have not seen before. It’s like taking a video driving test. You just know that suddenly there’s going to be a hog in the road. So you’re on alert. You’re careful. You’re reading [Read on...]

Building Comprehension

Below is a list of a number of strategies that you can use to help boost your student’s comprehension skills. Each of these strategies helps your learner read a paragraph, figure out how to better understand it, and take action to remedy difficulties. Try some of the suggestions in each of the different strategies until you determine what works best [Read on...]

Just Write! Guide

After two years of research, Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) has released a guide that helps adult basic education teachers with evidence-based writing instruction. This guide has many interesting ideas that are aimed at promoting and improving writing, the thought process around writing, and how to enhance overall instruction. Click here to go to the guide online.

Click here to [Read on...]

Getting Information into Memory, continued

Learn By Doing
Many teachers have a feeling that people learn better by doing, but what evidence is there? Five experiments where people heard words, watched an experimenter do something, or did something themselves, showed that “doing” has a powerful effect on learning. Those who “did” remembered from 1/3 to 2 times more than those who just heard, and they remembered [Read on...]

Ten Consistent Spelling Rules to Boost Your Student’s Spelling

We had a great workshop on Saturday and wanted you to have some of the information that was shared:


When the sound /k/ is followed by the vowels a, o, or u, it is spelled with a c.

When the sound /k/ is followed by the vowels i or e, it is spelled with a k.

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101 Ways to Praise

An anonymous parent created this list of “101 Ways to Praise.”  While some of these are specifically directed toward children, many of them are meaningful to people of all age groups and circumstances.

Praise is an important part of all types of education.  Only with the motivation and self-confidence that comes from frequent, sincere praise can students [Read on...]

Teaching Writing

Special thanks to Wendy Baker and Erin Haley for their brilliant presentations at our writing workshops. For a copy of their handouts, please stop by the office or click here.

Guiding Principles

1. Focus on all parts of the writing process.
a. Prewriting (brainstorming, reading, researching)
b. Organizing (putting ideas into paragraphs and essay forms)
c. Writing (drafting each part of the project)
d. Editing (looking [Read on...]

Tutor Talk Ideas

A. Teaching the difference between long and short vowel sounds

Try explaining the rule first and then showing examples. Let them see a pattern to show a reason behind it.
Teach spelling patterns first to pave the way for different sounds.
Start simple and then build on. For example, start with “can” and add an “e” to show that the “e” makes the [Read on...]

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