I hate AR as a parent and as a teacher. It gets in the way of real reading. My kids had books they wanted to check out but couldn't because too many teachers were AR level extreme. When my 21 year old got to high school her lunch table voted that the best thing about Riverdale was no more AR. My son quit reading for fun due to AR and it took 2 ... See Moreyears of not doing it for him to return to reading. Luckily, the youngest still reads, but she reads a book for school (AR or logs) and books for her own enjoyment. The best year she had was in your room because you skipped AR and she loved reading that year. My kids have been read to since birth and we are a reading family and AR hurt them. When the oldest was little we had time to read a loud from books like Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House, but having to read AR books or get in trouble took away a lot of our free reading time. I hope they do away with it entirely. You should teach teachers how to teach reading and love books. Taylor loved your class.
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