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Education Example: Running Record/Fluency Test

Education Example: Running Record/Fluency (Print post) In this example, the diagnostician printed the fluency passage onto dot paper so that the students actual reading of the passage could be captured. Using this method of capture, not only do you provide a means of checking accuracy of response, but also you also can allow the student to participate in self monitoring of reading fluency. You are also able to archive the reading to maintain a record of the students progress.  
Presentation by Holly De Leon, Vice President Sales, K-12, Livescribe.

From "12 Ways Educators and Students Are Using the Pen Today"

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Livescribe – Reading – Part 2 – Fluency and Running Records

Reading – Part 2 – How to create a fluency test (running record)

This is the second of three suggestions plus a description of the unique abilities of the Livescribe Smartpen from Dr. Andy Van Schaack, Vanderbilit University.

The video below provides a description and demonstration of a reading fluency exercise (the exercise starts at about 2:15).

YouTube version of video (new window): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMXZmxJ7Zew

Screencast.com version (new window): http://www.screencast.com/t/N2YzMTdkNWY

Steps:  Taken from the free Teaching Strategy Guide “Monitoring Student Progress: using Daily Fluency Records to Monitor Student Progress“  This is part of the much larger Livescribe’s Teaching Strategy Guide available along with professional development from a Livescribe Educational Representative.

  1. Put some Livescribe paper (from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ notebook) into a photocopier or printer and then print a page from a reading book onto it.
  2. Tap the Record button and ask the student to begin reading.
  3. Circle any errors that they make.
  4. When the Smartpen indicates that they have read for 60 seconds, draw a vertical line after the last word they spoke, call stop, and then tap the Stop button.
  5. Add up the number of words they read and subtract the number of words they read incorrectly. This is their score.
  6. You can track their reading speed over time to chart their progress.
  7. Teachers can also save the reading sheets and analyze progress over time. They can also share readings as audio (mp3 or iPod format) with parents or students privately.

Here is a link that provides more information about individual and paired fluency exercises as well as scholarly references that provide empirical support for this approach:      http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/timed_repeated_readings


Research Support

  1. An excellent paper that provides research support AND specific strategies to implement a repeated reading program: http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/timed_repeated_readings
  2. Dr. Andrew Van Schaack’s “Livescribe K–12 Research Support” includes a section on Reading Fluency and running records.

Unique abilities of the Livescribe Smartpen

The Livescribe smartpen is unique in its abilities *out of the box* to support read-along activities by varying the speed of the model reader.  This has been the weakness of previous read-along programs in the past.  Either the narrator was too fast, and the novice reader could not keep up, or the narrator was too slow, and the intermediate or advanced reader was held back, making the exercise pointless.