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    By GK

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    I really appreciate this thread. I have mixed emotions about AR. We have it in our school, along with incentives for 100pt club, etc. It has helped encourage our slower readers to read, I think, but it has really limited the range of books they choose. THe first thing anyone says "is it AR?" and that annoys the heck out of me. SO many quality books are not on our system.

    I also think the comprehension questions are very low level and kids miss out on so much of the book by reading to answer simple comprehension/recall questions.

    Our librarian, a big proponent of the program, wanted me to require AR points instead of regular reading logs that I use to "test" them to be sure they have been reading their homework. I declined.

    I am really torn. I sort of wish our school didn't have this program, but I can see that it has encouraged a few of our readers to read. *However* I think for many others, reading has lost its intrinsic value and gained an extrinsic reward. Not a good direction to go, imo.

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