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Old 10-05-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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This is the first year our school/district has chosen not to purchase AR upgrades. Many teachers are happy to be rid of AR due to point-driven reading rather than reading for enjoyment and learning. Our new dilemma in the library is children not checking out books because they do not have 'reading requirements'. I have been just giving book suggestions, but this is still not enough for some students to 'want' to choose a book. Leaving them about 20 minutes with nothing to do while in library while the other students are choosing a book and reading. Suggestions from non-AR libraries, please.


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I'm surprised
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that the teachers aren't doing reading logs or at least requiring them to check out SOME kind of a book.

Our district got rid of AR two years ago. Many people are still mourning its loss, but I could't be happier. One of the most stringent teachers who refused to let a kid check out an AR book that was "not on his level" now chats with the librarian or reads the paper while her kids check out graphic novels, I Spy, and magazines.

I definitely believe in freedom to read, but most kids in our elementary campuses check out at least one chapter book (3rd and up).

We are doing Book Adventure www.bookadventure.com. One campus has a gung-ho PTO that has helped label the books.

Talk to your principal and teachers. Suggest reading logs, book clubs, student-to-student book recommendations, etc. There are also reading programs through Pizza Hut, Braum's (ice cream/hamburger place in Texas), etc. that you could promote.

Good luck!

P.S. Book Adventure is a LOT more work than AR, but it's FREE!!
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Any requirements?
Old 10-06-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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So, they have just dropped AR and not developed any sort of alternate program and set of expectations regarding reading? They were upset students were reading for points more so than pleasure or learning, but are they really happier with students not reading at all? I just don't understand...

If there are no requirements whatsoever and students are free to just sit in the library and not check out any books, you will have to do a lot to build interest...lots of monthly themes, contests, activities, etc.
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book adventure
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Thanks for the site. I feel that for those "testing gung-ho" teachers....this is their way to worm back into the comfort of testing. Thanks so much! I will leave the work up to them since they refuse to let the freedom of reading be free.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:05 AM
 
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The classroom teachers are mostly requiring a book to be read across the genres. They are requiring a book response type project. It is working pretty smoothly now.


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Reading Logs
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A lot of our teachers are also doing reading logs. They are requiring the students to read for a certain number of minutes a day or week.

Others have the students do a project with autobiographies, novels, etc.

I have digital frames in both my libraries. I think soon I'll get students to do a video book talk. I bet that will get some of them reading so they can participate!
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I required students to check out at least one book--it was not up to the teachers to assign a topic or a number of pages to read, or whatever. I said it was not an option--like going to music class and not singing was not an option. Some kids said, "I won't read it!" but that did not matter. They had to make the effort to select and check out a book and participate in library in that minimal way. I said it could be a drawing book or a Garfield book, or anything they wanted--I did not make judgments about their choices. I said they did not have to take the book home--they could keep it in their desk at school if they wanted to--but I told them the school board provided a library and time for them to use it, and they did not have the choice to sit in library class and not find a book. It was very seldom an issue after that. But if you let kids not checkout--that could become part of their class culture--and even kids who might have been motivated to get a book, would be reluctant to go against their peers.
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When we dropped AR, reading stopped. Teachers require ONE book per nine weeks, and most students don't even read that one.
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