Deeply Analyzing Tolds is a Game Changer

I have been very excited to write this post because I have seen a significant difference in the effectiveness of my teaching by analyzing my students' Tolds.  I have recently read and looked at resources regarding giving students a Told during their running record. I have been taking running records for 20+ years and know …

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Running Records: Frequently Asked Questions

While browsing through various literacy Facebook Groups I have noticed similar questions asked about running records.   I started gathering questions so that I could eventually address them all in one post. The answers I have provided come from my trusted sources: Marie Clay (the creator of running records) and Fountas & Pinnell (who provide us …

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Back to School: Assessing my Tier 3 Students

It was back to school time for me last week.  Back to school for a literacy interventionist often means administering beginning of the year assessments. My job currently consists of spending half of my day with my Reading Recovery students and the other half providing tier 2 and tier 3 literacy academic intervention services for …

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Running Records 101: The History & How to Score, Code, & Analyze

Learning how to code errors and self-corrections, learning the formulas to calculate the accuracy and self-correction rates and learning how to analyze errors and self-corrections are all a part of running records.  The plethora of running record information available on the Internet can be overwhelming to sift through.  The inconsistencies between the information provided by …

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Steps to Analyzing a Running Record

Teachers are busy people with so many responsibilities!  Sometimes it may feel like we don't have enough time to go beyond the numbers that we calculate from the running records that we take.  When we stop our analysis at the accuracy rate the only information we learn is whether the text is at an appropriate …

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Why are Running Records Important?

  What are Running Records? Running records are formative assessments used with children that allow you to see what strategic actions they are using during their oral reading.  Running records also allow you to see error patterns which will inform your future teaching decisions.  Running records are quick and easy to administer.  You are able …

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