Hi everyone I received a new student about a month ago. It's been quite an adjustment for him and learning our class environment and culture. As soon as he came in, I tested him. At that time he knew around 97 words and read on a level D. He didn't want to answer questions at that time, so I let it be. Well, I tested him again earlier this week. He knows 160 something words now. He read the level F (DRA) book perfectly. He only had to blend a few words, and he did those almost instantly. His reading speed was average and certainly not slow enough to impair his comprehension. So I asked him the corresponding comprehension questions for the story, which also required him to retell the story to me. The only thing he was able to give me was that the children went to a shoe store. He was unable to tell me what they were doing there beyond buying shoes (i.e. what did they each buy shoes for? what kind of shoes did they each need? what did the use their shoe boxes for?). Thus, I got one sentence from him and that was it. I started asking leading questions and he still could not respond. Basically, his reading is phenomenal within a one month span, but his comprehension is zip. I'm not really sure how to help him, even my lowest group would be able to tell me more. On a side note, I have also noticed that he has difficulty following oral directions, particularly those beyond one step. He also doesn't recognize positional words like in front of, behind, bottom, etc. He has great difficulty with double digit addition/subtraction because of the multi-steps involved. He also cannot repeat directions back to me. Any ideas on how to help him with his comprehension? Or could this be due to something else? I'm just amazed at how fast he learned his words. I'm still trying to get a hold of his previous teacher at the other school to see if she has noticed the same thing.