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.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Notes from August Tutor Round Table Meeting

On Saturday, August 2, six volunteer tutors came together to discuss their tutoring experiences at the monthly Round Table Meeting. Here are a few of the topics that were discussed along with the instructional strategies that were suggested.

One tutor mentioned that his learner continues to struggle with word recognition and spelling of relatively simple words.
  • It was suggested that the tutor-learner team might try using the Ultimate Phonics software in the computer lab to further reinforce the basics of sound-symbol relationships and spelling patterns.
  • Another suggestion was to work dictionary skills into the tutoring sessions so that the learner can better understand how to identify syllables and pronunciation.
  • Another good idea involved teaching spelling and vocabulary words from materials that correspond to the interests and goals of the learner. In this way, the learner will be more motivated to learn the words.
A tutor in the meeting mentioned that he could use some fresh approaches to helping his learner improve basic writing skills.
  • One tutor suggested asking the learner to write about TV show they view regularly. This exercise would make writing easier since the subject is something they have a great interest in.
  • Another suggestions was to use the picture response method to generate a writing sample. The tutor might use photos from the newspaper, magazines, or even personal photos that the learner could bring in.
  • It was also suggested that perhaps the learner could get involved with the Wednesday Night Readers Book Club and find some interesting reading material to write about. Learners who participate in the book club also have access to the unabridged audio book so even if they might struggle with the reading level, they can still listen to the story and write about their reactions.