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Megan Gouge
AR/ Points
Sun Nov 29, 2015 20:41
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We started something similar to AR at BE this year. Students earn points for reading different books. It doesn't matter if it is a book for homework, a book at school or a book on the iPad. Some of my students have read a few RAZ kids books to help them to practice similar TRC questions to the ones they will be seeing this week and I have had them fill out the forms to get their points. The form was created by our librarian and they must list title, author, # of pages, and their favorite part. This is turned into our librarian and I have no idea how she calculates the points.
There are lots of incentives between classrooms and the whole school. I thought it was a good idea when it first started. However, on Fridays the school wide winners are announced and I watched one of Candi's first graders who has been working so hard on earning her points and then the disappointment on her face when she didn't win because like always one of the 4th/5th graders did.
Many of the K-2 students have time on Raz kids daily for different things, and I wish that somehow their points online could be converted too...

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    • AR/ Points - Megan Gouge, Sun Nov 29 20:41
      • Re:AR - joanneabrams, Tue Dec 1 22:16
        I remember about 10 years ago we had a point system for AR. Exactly what you mentioned you witnessed with a young reader would frequently be the case at our school as well. Eventually a decision was... more
        • Re:AR - Martha_Brown, Sun Dec 6 23:29
          Your idea for teachers setting weekly or monthly goals for students is great. Each student would be working towards their own goal and this would be very motivating yet they would not be pressured to ... more
          • AR - walshjm2, Tue Dec 8 17:24
            I also like the idea of setting goals for each child individually. This way they are working against themselves and they aren't worried about who has the most points and stressing over it. I remember ... more
      • Re: AR/ Points - candithompson, Mon Nov 30 20:22
        That would be awesome to have a system online. I have thought about trying to start something in my room, because my kids are so excited about earning points and are reading a lot for the new reading ... more
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