Everyone, meet Meagan!
Running Record Calculator app in the app store on my iPad.
I tried it out first, the free version, and then our Media/Technology specialist asked me if a purchase was worth it....I said ABSOLUTELY...and she bought 20 for teachers to use and installed them on their iPads. The best thing about the paid version is that it takes an audio recording of the child reading and you can flag tricky parts, but you can go back and listen to any of it again. The curvy arrow also lets you record and send the score and notes to anyone right then and there (in this case, her teacher) and NO PAPER. Also, if using an iPad with a wireless keyboard, you can type much faster than you can write. So, with all the technical part of this post out of the way, I want to share with you my (Common Core) shift when taking these running records this year. Below is Meagan's running record from this morning. It's raw and "real."
With my iPad on and the app running, I kept track of errors and self-corrections on a sticky note. As you can see, there were some tricky parts, mostly with multi-syllabic words (3.RFS.3c) When she was done with the oral reading part, I entered Running Words, Errors and Self-Corrections and the curvy arrow took me the email side where I began the comprehension connection check. In the Within the Text section, she immediately "got" that Jill was having a dream...many kids, especially ones that are not "close" readers do not pick up on this. I didn't include everything in writing, but tried to capture when she did use text based evidence in her responses...remember, text based evidence/answers is BIG in the Common Core documents. Then, in the Beyond the Text section, she inferred that Jill had stage-fright because she was nervous to "speak in front of all those people." I especially love her own self-monitoring of a "disconnection" (a term I taught my students this year from a book I read this summer called The Reading Turn Around...which I highly recommend BTW...and will post later on the disconnections) noting that she really could not relate to Jill at all on several levels...but did note in the Additional Understanding section that she did have a connection with Jill's mom...LOVE IT! However, here's the deal with connections. Text to self connections is NOT a Common Core standard, nor is activating prior knowledge. This is because the authors of the Common Core want students to rely less on their own lives for comprehension and more on the text itself for comprehension. We all know that readers bring their own schema and subjectivity to their reading, and we've been teaching text to self connections for years, so students are VERY used to telling them to us. Of course, we would never tell children, no you can't say that anymore. However, from a teaching stand regarding connections, the only kind in the Common Core are making text to text contrasts and comparisons regarding mood, theme, characters, and plots. With all of this said, please enjoy Meagan's running record and notice how often she used text-based evidence in her justifications and made the subject to subject connection between Writing Workshop (showing not telling) and reading...thank you Lucy!