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Amanda grindstaff
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Sat Dec 5, 2015 06:43
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I'll be honest though I don't feel like it's the teacher investing and spending the money as much as it's administration and I feel like in the past few years we have gotten better at sticking with things. I know there for a while we, as a system, were from one bandwagon to another. I think the issue with any program such as AR is, like you said, they compare. At the time, I wasn't a classroom teacher, I taught art and tech, but I could have cried to watch struggling students listening to other students to whom reading came easy. They would talk about how they had 2000 points saved up for this and that. I just feel like if we do something like this again that we need to level the playing field such that if easy Ethel earns 100 she gets a prize and if hard time Harry earns 10 he gets the same prize. The goal is different but the objective is the same....to get them to read. Maybe I'm wrong but sometimes I think we need to do a little more encouraging, not that we don't need to pat our good readers on the back, but children become what they are told they are! That's just the way I feel about it!

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    • Re: - Amanda grindstaff, Sat Dec 5 06:43
      • Re: - candithompson, Tue Dec 8 15:34
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    • AR/ Points - Megan Gouge, Sun Nov 29 20:41
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        • Re:AR - Martha_Brown, Sun Dec 6 23:29
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      • Re: AR/ Points - candithompson, Mon Nov 30 20:22
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