Running Records 101

Today, we are taking a deep dive into running records. Why do we use them? How do we use them? What do all those acronyms and codes really mean?! If you are currently wondering one or more of these questions, I will walk you through the ins and outs of a running record. You can also grab my free running record templates and cheat sheet referenced in this episode here.

In this episode I share:
  • Running Records are forms to document student reading behaviors, errors, accuracy, self-corrections, fluency, and comprehension
  • Use the forms to determine if a text is independent, instructional, or frustrational
  • Formal Running Records – administer three times per year (beginning, middle, end) 
  • Informal Running Records – administer weekly or bi-weekly during guided reading
  • Learn about all the boxes, codes, and definitions
  • Use Running Record data to drive intentional teaching points and reading instruction 
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Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to offer actionable steps and to share information for teachers, like you, who are always looking to improve their craft! ELA is our jam and we are excited to dive into all things reading and writing with you!

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I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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