Many of the tutors attended 'refresher' sessions held over 2 days recently. When organising training for tutors I am always conscious that:
*the tutors are volunteers and have busy lives elsewhere
*the students benefit most when our programme runs 4x per week
However, from time to time the students are unable to come to reading because of special assemblies or sporting events and these provide an opportunity for tutor-only sessions. Fortunately I was able to take advantage of two such events earlier this month.
It has been encouraging to see (and hear) tutors implementing some of the strategies around decoding that we discussed in our sessions.
We also discussed having a goal of the students ending up with a zero in the box named 'errors', and ways we can make this happen. This idea came from a discussion we had about some notes I had taken from Laughton King's book, Reaching the Reluctant Reader, where he writes about motivation using the analogy of investment and pay-off.
All the tutors who came to the 'refresher' sessions expressed their appreciation for the content and the chance to discuss with one another the issues they have in common in regards to helping our students become successful readers.