The Official Writing Challenge
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01/14/10
Boy, I've had those days, too. You were able to make me feel I was there with you as you worked with the student. "OW" worked well in the piece.

Mona
01/17/10
Aww, I just LOVE to see that light in a student's eyes. I tutored a dyslexic boy once and it was the most challenging job I ever had, but what rewards! Love this teacher/student story. It is wonderful and well-written.
01/18/10
Great story! The beginning is really strong. I like your description of this tutor's morning. :)
I love the "ow's" and how you slipped them comfortably into your conclusion. I was right with you in your "bad day" and how successful teaching helped some.
01/18/10
I loved tutoring kids, one on one. There develops a bond between you. You can share the victories better. I love your dialogue! Well done!
01/18/10
Perfectly paced and a delight to read. You might split the first paragraph into two or even three to make a quicker-feeling start and keep the reader tuned for this excellent story.
01/18/10
I really liked the story. Very good use of the theme!
01/19/10
Must be very difficult straight teaching on a bad day - but special one-to-one tutoring, Wow! Extremely interesting and enlightening story, very well written. - Colin
01/20/10
Excellently written! You described a typical "everything-goes-wrong-day" without using any of the redundant phrases.

I have nephews with dyslexia. One works really hard on his own, the other has tons of support from his dad. It's wonderful to have great tutors like you!
01/20/10
Great job, I totally commiserated with both characters.
01/20/10
That would be a very difficult job, indeed, and you describe it so vividly and naturally. "Ow!" as teaching tool... interesting. (I'd never heard of "Slider sounds," but I think I'll remember that! :) Very well done.