In the online learning platform Zoom, the student and I see and hear each other. The student can use the built-in computer camera and microphone, or auxiliary ones. The student and I need to see each other’s face, especially the mouth. There are times when I need to see the student’s hands because the student will be demonstrating multi-sensory techniques used to build multiple brain pathways. The student will move his or her hands into the camera’s view at the appropriate time.
Lessons are scheduled in advance. Session links will be sent by email at the time they are scheduled. If you add them to your online calendar, you will receive email reminders with links to the session. Sessions are 60 minutes in length. Every session is recorded and recordings are available for approximately one week after the tutoring session date.
Every lesson follows a detailed Orton-Gillingham lesson plan which includes phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, and writing. A large percentage of the lesson is interactive and game based. Because the student will be given rights to use the mouse and keyboard, s/he will interact directly with the material.
Additional materials can be provided to extend the lessons upon request. Collaboration between the tutor and the student’s teacher is encouraged to unify learning and promote success.