We got AR for the first time this year and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I want my kiddos to love reading. I want them to read books that they chose to read. I want them to think reading is fun. I don't want them to read just to take quizzes and answer questions. However....it has inspired some of my kiddos to read at least a book every day-a choice they often make over doing workstation activities. I've been making extra trips to the library looking for stories I think they will enjoy, classics like: Dinosaurs Love Underpants and Glamsters (glamorous hamsters:). I have seen a jump in fluency, I truly believe because they are reading more. Even if it starts out wanting to win more points, it does seem to be helping with their skills.
I just don't know what to do with my struggling readers, for whom even the lower goals seem daunting.
With her stack of books to read.
They have not taken off their crowns. :)
I had 5 kids who scored over 20 points (miraculous I think, considering all their books are worth 1/2 a point). So we came up with a title for them "Word Wizards" and I ate lunch with them today in the classroom complete with brownies and diet root beer. I wish I could do this more often-we had the most entertaining conversation. Let me recap:
"I watched Tron last night-their electric bill must be really high!"
" Santa has a long beard", "beer?"
"How do mosquitoes get the West Nile Virus to give to us?"
"Let's make a toast-to Word Wizards and football"
Gotta love 'em.
If anyone has any suggestions of how they track AR points or how they work it with their struggling readers-I would love to hear any ideas you may have.