Have you ever heard a similar conversation (only with your name inserted instead of mine): “Mrs. Vines, Mrs. Vines! I made my AR goal!!!” This being said from an excited student and I follow up with “Great, I’m so happy for you!!” Then says excited student, “NOW I DON’T HAVE TO READ ANYMORE!!!”
This comment has been said to me so many times. I cringe. I feel sad. I feel angry (not at the student). I tell whichever teacher is unlucky enough to be near me when this happens, “This is why I do not like AR!”
I value reading and I try to teach a love of reading to my students. Hopefully in a way that carries over into their lives outside of school. But there are some things that I don’t feel teach a love of real life reading, Accelerated Reader being one of those things. And finally after a long period of nudging people along and sometimes just outright speaking my mind about it, I am thankful to say that my school is saying good-bye to AR!!! If your school uses AR and you like it, I hope you will stick with me through this post to see why I think we can do better by our students. 🙂
Besides the conversation at the top of this post, I have also had these concerns:
* parties and rewards end up being for only part of our school population, instead of celebrating the enjoyment of reading by everyone
Did you notice the super cute frame that I used for my quote? Tessa, at Tales From Outside the Classroom, created that! So to her blog and see all her cute stuff. You will definitely love it!