So here is how I manage to collect a running record from every student at least once a week. Crazy right? I promise you it can be done, and the more you do it the faster and better you get, all while really understanding your students as readers better.
begin by sharing that my literacy block is structured based on the Daily 5/CAFE model from the 2 sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.
I schedule 1 1/2 hours a day for my literacy block which is made up of 3 thirty minute rotations. Each rotation consists of a 10 minute mini lesson and then 20 minutes of students completing one of the Daily 5 choices. While students Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Listen to Reading, or complete Word Work, I do 2 different things. First I pull a small group to work on a specific strategy or skill that all students need, and send them off to practice while they complete their daily 5 choice. Then I conference with 2-3 students individually. Here is a visual of the planning sheet I use for my literacy block:
So what will you need?
First knowledge of how to take running records. If you need a crash course, here is a link from the Reading A-Z website with the basics. Otherwise ask a literacy coach/reading specialist in your building and I am sure they'd be happy to help.