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.
- 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.
- Tap the Record button and ask the student to begin reading.
- Circle any errors that they make.
- 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.
- Add up the number of words they read and subtract the number of words they read incorrectly. This is their score.
- You can track their reading speed over time to chart their progress.
- 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
- An excellent paper that provides research support AND specific strategies to implement a repeated reading program: http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/timed_repeated_readings
- 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.