I received a student on Monday morning who consistently arrives without anything to work on. This time, they showed up without having done the reading or even printing out the reading for us to go over it. After we finally got situated, I made an assessment of what her assignment would require (compare and contrast) and started brainstorming ideas of what to look for in the reading. Since she had done some reading on a related issue before seeing me, I had her define key points of that article. After highlighting the important points, I suggested ways that the new article may be different that she could keep in mind. As I brainstormed these ideas with her, I would check with her to see if she was following along with what I was trying to show her. I made especially sure to point out the utility of asking questions in this manner when making comparisons and contrasts. I ensured her action plan included additional brainstorming and asked her to bring back more questions that she’d answer for the next session.
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