This Monday was another fast-paced adventure in librarianship! Again, most of my day-to-day schedules are the say. I will not do a blow-by-blow of my day today. Instead, I will focus on my role as the facilitator of Accelerated Reader.
In class the other night there was a collective groan when AR was mentioned. I find this frustrating for several reasons.
1. If AR is a school-wide program for reading incentive and assessment of individual reading comprehension of each child then librarians need to get behind it.
2. If done well AR is LOVED by children.
3 To learn to read well children need to read a LOT, they need to pick books at their just-right-level, and they need to be closely monitored for progress. AR is a great way to do this.
I’ve worked and/or consulted at ~20 schools. Some have AR and some don’t. NONE of the schools where kids were not by-and-large proficient used AR. ALL of the schools where children were by-and-large proficient had a WELL-run AR program.