Mason had just completed 2nd grade and was having a hard time learning to read. Unless he caught up, it had already been decided that he would be going into a SPED classroom in the fall. Out of sheer desperation, his mom called and asked if I could evaluate him for Visual Dyslexia. She knew that he was bright and did not really feel SPED was the answer.In this video I ask Mason to read from a book he is somewhat comfortable with - Danny and the Dinosaur (RL 2.2). When he gets stuck on a word it is evident that Mason relies heavily on the picture-clues. Even though he is very familiar with the first pages in this book, Mason makes quite a few errors. As we go along I ask Mason to try reading the book sideways (90 degrees to the right) to see if there is any improvement. Watch the video and you decide if it makes a difference.... Unfortunately, I ran out of memory in my camera. Had I not, you would have seen, as his mother did, that Mason did even better with the book turned completely upside-down. The next week I recorded him reading upside down to show progress.
Unlike the last book, "The Upside-Down Reader" is an RL4 book and is "on level" for him. Now this is a boy whose teachers claimed he was reading on a first grade level and should be relegated to "Special Ed"
Ashton was 10 years old at the time I did this video and should have been in the 5th grade. Using conventional instructional techniques he was been unable to make any significant gains in his reading, writing and spelling ability since kindergarten. His mom was so frustrated with the school system she was Home Schooling him and his sister.This is only our 2nd meeting. Technical difficulties prevented me from recording our 1st session.
You've seen this guy before on our home page. After settling in to his new school, he is happy, doing well in class and prides himself on the fact that he can read "any way you hold it".
Mason improved every week and his decoding skills, self-correcting and fluency developed .
Bethany began her PI tutoring sessions about 2 months ago before this video was recorded. I saw her for one hour on Thursday afternoons. When we began PI tutoring, Bethany was reading at a first grade reading level, and here we are 8 weeks later and she's reading a 4th grade book. Of course, her reading is not perfect, but I would venture to say that there are plenty of adults out there who would have difficulty with this level of text.
Just in case you were wondering, this book is a Reading Level 4 and suggested for 9-10 year olds. So Mason is now actually reading above his grade level ....
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