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Old 08-23-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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After teaching 1st grade for 3 years and 3rd grade for 8 years, I have taken a part-time media specialist job at a private school (K-8).
The principal REALLY wants the AR to take off, and I wanted to know if anyone has any ideas about getting the middle school students interested. One of the teachers said she would like their AR percentages to be incorporated into their Language Arts grade. Does anyone else do this?
Also, any good ideas for keeping the middle school students engaged when they are NOT doing AR?


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I know teachers who use AR as part of a student's grade. I wouldn't. I think incentives work better. Lunch with a teacher, wall of fame, photo in the paper. The top 4 readers in our school last year got a bike. All four had read over 100 books AND passed the tests on the books with at least 80%.
I am LMS at a K-2 school and my P wants us to get AR.
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Thanks for your reply. The school I am in is a Catholic school, so I don't think there is any money for a bike. When you reward them with LITTLE incentives, do you wait for them to get a particular amount of points? How many points do they need to get before receiving something? I know it will take longer for the younger kids because their books don't have as many points. Yes, I agree with you regarding using it as part of a grade, I think incentives probably work better ESPECIALLY with middle schoolers.
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and they don't have to be expensive. AR has printable certificates ready reader, star reader, etc. We would give a certificate, then certificate and pencil, then maybe add a wristband (inexpensive from oriental trading). At higher points achieved, like 25, a photo on display in a special section of the school. Maybe lunch with a friend or teacher for a certain number of points. Our AR person several years ago set a special table with real dishes for high point earners. Maybe put a photo in the local paper.
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about printable AR certificates. I like your ideas about starting with a certificate and moving on up. I'll have to look through Oriental Trading! I also like the idea of their photo on display. Thanks for the ideas!


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Our librarian found little medals that they get for each level and they got their name on a wall..I think it went up in increments of 100??
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A wall of fame works well if you can update regularly. I have used different color rectangles with names pasted on. Each grade had a color. Just move the color up each year. Also have posted the grade level list for points (easy to run) regularly for students to check. Comptetition between kids at the same levels of points.

When we started, we used slips of paper in a jar. Student's put their name/gr/tchr on it and had a drawing each week. You had to get a 100% on the quiz to get a slip.
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