I agree with this. We had levels of books when I was learning to read. I have no idea how many levels I skipped, but I know I skipped a lot! I had to read certain books (silver and gold level) before I could go on to ‘free reading’ and it was a chore. Fortunately I’m a fast reader and was 7 when I was finally allowed to do at school what I was already doing at home. Reading whatever I want.
I wish you’d talked to teachers like me before you made that $40 million investment in Renaissance Learning.
I’ve seen the damage Accelerated Reader can do.
I witnessed it for the first time when I tutored a struggling 5th grader…eighteen years ago.
He hated to read.
He hated being locked into a level.
He hated the points associated with the books.
But more importantly, he was humiliated when he didn’t earn enough points to join in the monthly party or get to ‘buy’ things with those points at a school store full of junky prizes.
I’ve seen kids run their fingers along the binding of a book, a book they REALLY wanted read, but then hear them say, “But it’s not an AR book,” or “It’s not my level.”
I’ve watched them scramble to read the backs of books or beg a friend for answers so they can get…
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