Welcome to Write Away the brand new
writing forum for Project Read learners!

We've redesigned our blog so that adult learners working at Project Read can share what they have written with other learners, tutors, and the public. There are a few simple guidelines to be aware of.
  1. This is a moderated site, so submissions and comments will first be reviewed before being approved and published.
  2. Adult learners submitting their writing have the option of using their first name (only) or using "anonymous" for authorship.
  3. We wish to honor the writing efforts of the adult learner/authors, so no major copy editing will be applied, but we may suggest minor corrections in consultation with the author.
  4. Only active Project Read learners are eligible to submit their writing to the Write Away blog and there are two ways of doing this: send submissions via email to projectread@sfpl.org, or stop by the office with a hard copy of your writing.
  5. The views and opinions expressed on this web site are solely those of the original authors and contributors. These views and opinions do not represent those of the San Francisco Public Library and/or the City and County of San Francisco.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Tutor Tips: WIN Game

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WIN Game
A Fun Technique for Teaching Phonics and Spelling
From Keeping it Fun Workshop, April 20, 2006
(Lucille Cutler, l.cuttler@comcast.net)

Friday, April 07, 2006

Tips From Tutors

At the Tutor Round Table meeting on April 4th, we discussed...
  • What to do when learners guess at words when reading or writing, and the words they are guessing are not phonetically similar to the correct word. One suggestion made was to help the learner understand the sound-symbol relationships of the difficult word by working with word patterns. Together build a list of other words containing the same ending sounds, but with different beginning consonants, so that the learner can see the pattern for spelling the sound.
  • How to encourage reluctant writers. One of our tutors brought in a fun and helpful book that can assist anyone suffering from writer's block. The title is: The Write Brain Workbook: 366 Exercises to Librarte Your Writing by Bonnie Neubauer. Here's what the publisher has to say: "Provides 366 10-minute exercises to build momentum and turn off the left side of the brain. Helps readers generate work by painlessly leading them into new writing every day. Stimulates creativity with a stunning color package and easy-to-approach prompts." We will try to order a few copies of this title to have on hand in the Project Read office.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tips From March 7, 2006 Tutor Roundtable

We had a wonderful Tutor Roundtable on March 7, 2006 with tutors Lucille, Alla, Joe, Michele, and Fedra.

Here are some tips that came out of that meeting.

  • Don't just teach spelling and grammar rules. Build interesting lessons around the rules.
  • NTC’s Easily Confused Words by Deborah K. Williams is a very useful book. It can be found in the Main Library's International collection. Project Read is going to order some copies and will make them available in the office.
  • It can be very beneficial to sessions if a tutor keeps things organized and structured.
  • Add some variety to your tutoring sessions. Do some different things to keep it interesting.
  • Use the SFPL Learning Express online materials. There is a direct link from the Computer Learning Lab Links page.
  • It can be an effective writing strategy to do some lessons around writing directions (driving, cooking, using a computer program, or anything that is of interest).
  • Don't get discouraged if it seems like progress is slow. It takes time - just keep at it. Practice leads to increased fluency and improved skills.
  • If a learner can't meet consistently and / or doesn't have the time to do outside activities that reinforce what is learned in the sessions - then perhaps it is not the right time for that learner to be in our program. He/she can take a break and resume tutoring when his/her schedule can better support ongoing tutoring.
  • Request: Could Project Read create some kind of organized method for accessing old and late breaking tutor tips and other resources?
  • Response: Yes, we are working on a blog. In fact, here it is. Enjoy!