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Tips for Online Tutoring Using the Orton-Gillingham Approach

Planning your Lessons

Use an online conferencing platform, I prefer to use Zoom. Zoom allows you to share your computer screen with your student. This way you can use powerpoint or Google Slides for your lessons. You can also use Google Classroom to send your student review assignments.

When you plan your lessons, keep it simple while incorporating all components of the OG lesson. (Phonemic Awareness (if applicable), phonogram drill, words to read, controlled text, what says?, words to spell, sentence dictation, and red (nonphonetic) word practice)

All About Time

Set up a meeting at least 2x a week for 45 minutes, 30 minutes for younger students. Assign Google Slides review activities for students to practice on the days off from tutoring.

Map out the amount of time you want to spend on the lesson components. Add in at least one movement break (depending on your student). Don't spend too much time on one component of the lesson and change up your activities to keep your students engaged.

Set up a Work Zone

Set up a home office with your computer, doc camera (optional), headphones (optional), and a blank/professional looking space behind you.

Same for the student. Make sure they are set up at a desk with the necessary tools for your lessons.

Create an Online Game

Children learn through play. Incorporate this into your lesson by playing games!

Set Expectations

Communicate your expectations clearly for both your student and their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians should be in the same room as the student during sessions.

Have your student work towards earning rewards for their engagement during sessions. Rewards could be as simple as playing a game or showing you their new lego creation.

Be Flexible

Be empathetic of the home situation of some students as some may not have reliable adult supervision or internet.

Students may also be more reluctant and/or distracted learning in their home environment. Work on building rapport with your student and making lessons engaging.


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