“What about running records is on your mind?”, you may ask. After school, my co-teacher and I typically stay a while, catching up on our busy day. We were talking about the running records given that day, and I was sharing the students’ WCPM (words correct per minute).
We were talking about where the students fell on a fluency chart: a typical 3rd grader should be reading about 114 WCPM (average range).
With this number in mind, I began to reflect back on when I was in 3rd grade…
Fun fact: I LOVED to do running records (before I knew what they were even called) with my teachers in elementary school. When I was in college, I was overly excited to learn how to administer a running record. Weird, I know. Nerdy teacher moment for sure.
So naturally, I suggested to my co-teacher that we test each other’s WCPM, with the most boring passage we could possibly pick titled Microfinance: It All Adds Up. Talk about a painful read…I will avoid ever having to give my students this passage!
Since my co-teacher is just as crazy as I am, she agreed to spend her free time assessing an adult on their WCPM (Isn’t she the best?!). She began to test me. I was trying to read at a fast rate, simultaneously trying to balance the expressive piece to create perfect fluency. At one point, I tripped up, laughing as I was reading, but quickly redeemed myself with a self-correct. 🙂 It’s hard to take yourself seriously while being assessed on a Reading A-Z running record by you co-teacher…
I honestly wanted to gain perspective on my own WCPM as a reader…I was curious to see where I would score. I scored in the average range for an adult, which is about 200 WCPM. After checking my score, I want to keep improving, just like my students!
Having fun, all while: practicing what I preach to my students, better understanding how to improve their WCPM, and thinking about what is MOST important for them to focus on while reading.