This post will give you special code that you need as you learn how to take a running record.
You’re in the second post of a 4-part series about the fabulous running record.
I can’t think of any other assessment tool that tells you more about your learners as readers.
- The running record is efficient and effective.
- After a bit of a learning curve, it’s easy to use.
- And best of all? It’s free.
If you’re new to running records, start here.
But if you know the basics and are ready to learn how to take a running record, you’re in the right place! Let’s get started.
How to get ready to take a running record
1 – Grab a blank running record form. You can get one at the bottom of this post.
2 – Have your smart phone or another device ready to record the child’s reading.
3 – Make sure you’ve chosen an appropriate text for the child to read.
4 – Sit next to the reader and follow along with your form and pencil.
5 – Invite the child to begin reading.
How to use running record code
As you listen, create a visual representation of the child’s reading on the running record form. You’ll use a kind of shorthand. It takes some practice to get quick at this – which is why that smart phone comes in handy. Record the child’s reading so you can listen again later and add any markings you missed.
The above chart shows you the basic marks. We could get more complicated, but there’s no need. This set of marks will do. Remember your goal here – to have a visual representation of what the child read.
This way, you can analyze your reader’s reading behaviors and learn about his/her strengths and weaknesses as a reader.
And just how do you analyze the running record?
I’m so glad you asked!
Becky will be covering that in the next post in the series.
P.S. Want to become a pro at this? Our online course has an entire module all about running records!
Check out the rest of the series!
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