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Tutor Certification Program:
New and existing tutors can now participate in our certification program. Every six months existing tutors will recertify to grow current skills and leave better equipped to tutor and mentor each student. And if that isn’t compelling enough, certified tutors will be entered in a
Certified tutors will be entered in a semi-annual drawing for Amazon gift cards. Huzzah!
To certify every six months, you must
- Attend at least two hours of literacy training. Training is flexible! You could teach and attend a Literacy Lab, participate in a Project Read training or workshop (see the Calendar for dates and times), or take advantage of some of the great online offerings available (create a FREE account with ProLiteracy, check out trainings available through LINCS, or take an adult literacy training offered by TEAL, just to name a few).
- Submit one lesson plan for review to the Project Read literacy specialist.
- Turn in at least 85% (five out of six) of your monthly reports on time (by the 5th of each month).
To qualify for the first tutor certification drawing, you must complete the recertification requirements by December 2017 and report your training hours on the new monthly report form. Good luck! Burgeoning tutor greatness inevitably awaits (and possibly some free online shopping).
If you will be attending a non-Project Read class or training you think should count towards the two-hour training requirement, please contact the Project Read staff directly at firstname.lastname@example.org; 801-448-READ (7323). Also, feel free to contact Project Read if you have any questions or concerns about the Tutor Certification Program. We are happy to help, and we appreciate all that you do!
Every month, we spotlight a resource either from the Project Read library, or from around the web, with tips and ideas on how to use it.
Check back every month for something new!
Reading Horizons provides both direct instruction materials with a (scripted) teacher’s manual, student workbook, and a computer software program that provides assessments and lesson-plans. The lessons in the book correlate with the software (which can provide review activities). Use one or all of these materials!
What teaching strategies does it offer tutors?
1. Reading Library Books
You can test your student’s reading fluency by timing them and using their chart to determine how many words per minute the student is reading. The reading passages are helpful if you are trying to expand your student’s vocabulary in different areas (especially in non-fiction areas). Use the passages as a launch board to bigger discussions or more in-depth work on specific vocabulary words. Click here to see a sample reading passage and comprehension questions from level
2. Student Workbook
If you’re looking for practice sheets for your student, these might be helpful.
- Parts of Speech Review: they provide sentences where students circle nouns, underline adjectives, find the verbs (see p. 69, 165)
- Prefixes and suffixes: they provide sentences where the student writes a word with a prefix (see p. 107) or the student has to provide the suffix (p. 73, 83,167) or provide the root word (p.72).
- Word Recognition: students will determine the right word that matches the sentence (p.72,101), find words in reading passages (p.103,115,150), use word searches (p. 104, 124, 134), and crossword puzzles (p. 121, 132)
- Word scrambles to help practice spelling! (p. 141) *This is a great strategy you could implement. Scramble the letters of the vocabulary your student is working on to make sure they can spell the word!
Don’t create your own material, use these worksheets for practice! Come check these books out from the Project Read Library!