Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tutoring: ZAP IT Sight Word Game & ACHIEVEMENT CHART

Hello friends,

Like many newly graduated teacher candidates, I am currently in the business of private tutoring. I did not set out for this adventure as I had a weird experience with a statistics tutor in my third year of university and I felt like it was a money grab. However, I was approached by someone my sister and I had grown up with and she asked me to tutor her daughter who is in grade two. Having tutored two grade 2 boys in my first placement at Trent, I felt certain that I could do a decent job.

So I met Melanie and we filled out Get to know you mad-libs (see previous post) and I began to get to know her and what types of books she would like to read, where she was in math etc...

Since then, I have purchased to workbooks (one in math and one in reading) and I was given a list of sight words by her teacher that she should work on. So being an avid Pinterest user, I remembered a fun sight word game with coloured Popsicle sticks called Zap It! You write down the sight words you wish the student(s) to practice on Popsicle sticks and then you also write several Popsicle sticks saying Zap It! Using a timer (I use one on my iPod) you race with the student to see how many words you can read but when one person gets ZAP IT! all of the Popsicle sticks go back in the bin.

Here is the game ZAP IT!

Also, to keep Melanie motivated with each tutoring activity, I have created an achievement chart. For each activity we do (guided reading, worksheets, or games) she receives a sticker. For every 10 stickers she receives a treat.

Let me know if you tutor students and if so, what types of activities do you use? I am considering advertising online to see if I can get more clients. Let me know if you have any tips.


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