Videos about Tutoring

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Reading Instruction

What is Effective Vocabulary Instruction?
Vocabulary instruction helps students make sense of new words they encounter in text. What do good readers do when they find new words? The strategies in this video will help your students develop strong vocabulary skills.
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What is Effective Phonics Instruction?
Phonics is actually pretty simple to teach, if you know the 3 Phonics skills and a few basic principles. This video gives an overview of what we learned from the research and our data about effective phonics instruction.
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What is Effective Phonemic Awareness Instruction?
Instruction in phonemic awareness helps build skills for phonics and vocabulary development, leading to improved comprehension. Phonemic awareness comprises a variety of skills that we can teach systematically. What is phonemic awareness and how do we teach it?
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What Is Effective Fluency Instruction?
Fluency instruction is important to overall student reading achievement. So what is it? What are the effective strategies for teaching fluency. And what are the strategies that don’t work?
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What Is Effective Comprehension Instruction?
Comprehension instruction builds from other reading components, but it also comprises specific skill sets. Comprehension development has clear strategies that improve students’ reading, presented here.
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Oral Language Development and Instruction
Oral Language Skills are perhaps the most sophisticated and important skills for communicating ideas and interpreting oral and text information. We define oral language development and offer effective strategies.
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Aligning Instruction with Reading Components
(and examples from Instructional Reporting Forms)
15 examples from Instructional Reporting Forms of session descriptions, what the tutors claim as reading components, and what actually happened


Using the Reading Rubrics
Use the rubrics to guide your instruction and gauge students’ needs and progress. This short video shows how to determine a student’s rubric level and how you can use the rubrics to inform your instruction. (Note: You are no longer required to submit rubric scores.)


Tutoring Reading Instruction (the Pedagogy Training)
Reading components and what we know about reading instruction
(See “Reading Components and Instruction” for the accompanying presentation slides.)

Tutoring Results

What Tutoring Means to Kids
The final section of a video we sent to the federal program officers, Spring 2015. After nearly an hour of discussing the tutoring data, this is what I had to say about the “real” meaning of tutoring and how it changes kids’ lives.


Fall 2015 Tutoring Results—Thank you, tutors!
In the Fall 2015 semester, students made great progress overall. Let’s look at the actual results.


Thank you, tutors!
A personal thank you for being a tutor, what we accomplished, and an overview of preliminary results, Spring 2015

I-Ready and Star Reading Assessments

Finding your students’ usernames and passwords on I-Ready
Short video showing how to access your students’ names, usernames, and passwords. If you need your kids’ information, follow this process. Here are the steps shown in the video:


Your Students in i-Ready
This video first shows you how to find individual student details (including tutoring group assignment, username, and password). Next, the video demonstrates how to access all the students in a tutoring group, their usernames, and passwords at once. Accessing all the students’ info at once will be most useful for you. View the video in full screen mode.


STAR PreK Student Reports
How to get the STAR PreK assessment results for your students


Student Reports in i-Ready
How to generate individual and group student reports, both reports that you can use and reports that you can send home to parents.

Monthly Reporting and Payment

How Tutors Get Paid—How to Get Paid on Time
The payment process involves many people and many steps. This video explains the entire process, the part each person plays, and how payments are issued.


Instructional Reporting Forms—What We Look For When We Review Them
The evidence is clear: by regularly addressing the 6 components of reading, you give students the best chance of making the most growth. In this video, I discuss what we look for with each reading component, as well as show you why it’s important. This video is a MUST SEE.

Tutors’ Q & A

What is the curriculum; where are the lesson plans and resources?


Why should I teach skills for which the student has tested out?


Can I teach students in Spanish, and is there a Spanish version of the assessment?


What happens if I turn my session logs in late?