Teacher Appreciation

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Welcome to the “Best for the Best”
Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop/Giveaway.
Have you ever felt unappreciated? I know I have!!
Well, we are about to change all that! Just to let you know, I appreciate all that you do for your kids. All of the late nights, early mornings, no Sundays, the trips to Target and the Dollar Tree, and the tons of your own money that you spend.

Let’s just say that I have been called Queen of the Spreadsheets or the Data Queen just a few times. I have a spreadsheet or a checklist for everything. Not only do I have checklists or spreadsheets for everything, I love to color code things. It makes some of my coworkers a little nutty, but I love it.

This is a picture of my math data. I do this for every test for all of my 32 kids. I love the colors!
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Anywho…Today I want to share a checklist that I use daily. This is my Running Records Checklist.
Running Records Checklist

I use this checklist to assess my students’ reading behaviors, retelling skills, and comprehension. I made this while my school was using Teacher’s College so it is aligned to Fountas & Pinnell and Teachers College Reading Writing Program (TCRWP.) It includes 4 checklists for the different levels for Levels A through Z. The checklists have the characteristics for A-D, E-G, H-K, and L-Z.


As I listen to my kids read aloud to me, I check off the reading behaviors that I notice. This checklist includes levels L-Z but my students are currently levels L-N. I shaded in the characteristics that I was not observing because they are for higher levels.
After asking both literal and inferential comprehension questions based on the story the students read, I give their level a low, medium, or high.

After I assess the students, I make my groups or my individual conferences. I like to use the checklist to preplan my groups or individual conferences, but it doesn’t always happen. 🙂

As I said, I am the Queen of Checklists. I want to share another checklist that I use with my kids. This checklist is based on oral reading behaviors and I usually use it for my struggling students. Surprise, surprise! It is color coded! I did include a black and white version of the checklist for you also. I know not everyone is nutty like me.

Click the picture to get the checklist for free. If you download it, please leave feedback!
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