Available as a web and iOS app, and Chromebook app, Reading Records is the perfect complement to conducting running records of reading. The ability to record students as they read aloud, and the built-in tools for assigning, evaluating, and analyzing performance, add much needed efficiency to the running records process.
Reading Records was designed with great flexibility to meet the needs of diverse classroom structures. The following scenarios outline the many uses of Reading Records.
During a traditional running records session, a teacher sits down one-on-one with a student and furiously scribbles down any errors or notable behaviors the student made while reading aloud. Since teachers cannot ask the student to slow down or pause, they often miss details of the session.
With Reading Records, teachers can take advantage of the recording interface and focus on the student rather than capturing every little detail. Following the session, the teacher can mark up any errors and behaviors by listening to the recording.
For more independent readers, the Reading Records interface supports student accounts. Using this feature, teachers can assign reading passages for students to complete on their own or at home with a parent. In essence, students complete a virtual running record and return the assignment to their teacher. This way, the teacher can go back and listen to the session and, as always, mark up the passage, assess comprehension, quantify the session, and provide feedback to the student.
Reading Records stores all running records and voice recordings in one organized space. Thus, this running record portfolio is a great instructional tool. Teachers can sit with their student, play back previous records, and help students understand where they made mistakes or where fluency broke down. Consequently, the instructor can explain to the student why additional reading activities are assigned and how they will be helpful. By overtly identifying areas of weakness, students can become more metacognitive of their reading—a skill associated with reading achievement.
The recording interface provides a unique tool for conducting peer-review activities. Each student can read aloud, and the students can go back and replay the session. Students can work together to identify fluency mistakes and other errors in order to become more metacognitive of their own reading.
Communication with Parents, Administrators, and Other Stakeholders
The Reading Records student portfolio is a powerful centerpiece for parent-teacher conferences. The voice recordings and reports show students’ progress over the course of the year. Furthermore, if disputes arise, this information can be used to demonstrate why a teacher assigned a particular reading level to the student. Additionally, the exportable PDF reports make communicating progress with parents, administrators, and other stakeholders simple.
Reading Records is a great source for leveled reading passages. The library offers over 75 passages (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, English, Spanish, BR-1020L). Also, each passage comes preloaded with a 4-item, multiple-choice quiz and two open-ended comprehension questions. Check back often: we continue to add passages!