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I miss AR.
Old 02-24-2018, 07:00 AM
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I used AR for many years in sixth grade. Our district dropped it because it "wasn't working." It was replaced with a product that has students reading and testing on short articles.

I completely agree with you, Ima Teacher. The main reason for the program not working is implementation. I really miss having this teaching tool! My students loved AR, and parents loved the clarity it provided them on progress, as well as clear ways that they can help their children.

IMO, what makes it work is empowering students with knowledge and book choice, and the conferencing aspect is crucial! When the program is used rigidly, it can stifle readers. The key is personalized interactions with students.
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