Invisible Tutor Workshop Handouts
Below you will find the text as well as downloadable JPG conversions of the workshop outline and computer tips handout.
Please let us know if these documents prove helpful and/or strike you as in need of a smidge of revision.
Continuing Education Class for Tutors
April 24, 2007
The Invisible Tutor
1. Before you take time off from tutoring, talk with your learner about what he/she would like to accomplish while you are away.
- Reinforce skills which have already been introduced in your tutoring sessions: phonics, spelling, writing/grammar, etc.
- Finish an assignment that he/she has already begun: newsletter article, distance learning exercise, journal writing, etc.
- Work on new exercises/assignments: spelling/writing workbooks, computer learning software, etc.
2. As a team, talk about the preparation your learner will need in order to work independently while you are away.
- What resources will your learner need access to--computer lab software/Internet access, writing journal, workbook exercises?
- What can you do to make it easier for your learner to work successfully on these assignments? For example, you probably want to review each exercise you are assigning and go over specific examples together in order to model exactly what your learner is being asked to do.
3. Come up with an agreed upon timeline for when your learner should finish the assignments. You might even suggest that you both stay in contact via e-mail while you are gone. This could be a way for your learner to keep you updated on his progress and maybe even ask questions.
4. If necessary, you may want to speak with the Project Read staff,
about what your learner will be working on while you are away, in order to coordinate support.
Spell It Deluxe (CD)
- Go through the word list binders with your learner to find lists that he/she finds interesting. Photocopy and write due dates on them to remind your learner which ones to do and when.
- Create custom word lists from the extensive selection built into Spell It.
ReadPlease (Fully installed on our computers)
- Work with your learner to create some ReadPlease documents and save them in a folder. Could be news stories, fiction, personal writing, language experience stories, lessons that need revision/correction, etc. Possibly end with questions for learner to type answers to.
- Set assignment of finding information on the web (SF Gate, wikipedia, etc.) and cutting, pasting, and saving into ReadPlease.
- Put some vocabulary words in ReadPlease for learner to write sentences around.
California Distance Learning Project (Link from our Learning Lab Links Page)
- Look through the categories and stories to pick a few that interest your learner. Print out the pages that show the stories, circle the stories, and put in learner’s lab folder.
- Pick a few stories and prepare some follow up lessons to them. Vocabulary, researching related stories, etc.
Ultimate Phonics (CD)
- Pick specific lessons that target sounds you are working on. Print out the word lists ahead of time.
- Use the Ultimate Phonics manual to plan some lessons.
E-mail (Learning Lab Links page or http://www.yahoo.com/)
- Ask your learner to e-mail the completed or in-progress assignments to you while you are away.
- Structure some e-mail based lessons that go back and forth.
Blog (Learning Lab Links page or http://www.blogger.com/)
- Work with Brian to create a blog that you and learner can both log into. Practice with learner. Set up schedule of posting some daily events, writing, photos, etc.
Listen to a Story (Use the library and our computers)
- Go with your learner to the CD and audio book sections of the library to pick some books, stories, radio programs, etc. that your learner is interested in. Have your learner use the computer lab to listen to the stories and complete some written assignments you prepare ahead of time.
Before You Go
- Work with your learner to choose assignments that are interesting to him/her, further his/her literacy goals, and are not too difficult or complex to undertake on own.
- Take the time to model the tasks / steps necessary to complete the assignments.