I have some students that have trouble copying from the board during class. When practicing this, I noticed that they are copying letter by letter rather than writing a whole word. This means that they write a letter, look up at the board, write a letter, look at the board, write another letter, etc.
I tried writing a sentence on the board and covering each word up with paper. I then uncovered one word at a time, covered it back up, and then had them write it. It turned out that the students were unable to read the words, so were writing letter by letter because they didn’t even know what the words they were writing were. Another problem was that once they sounded out and knew the words, they forgot the words in just a minute. In this situation, we need to work on memory in order to advance in copying from the board .