Moving from AR to Authentic Accountability

This morning, Jennifer Lagarde tweeted a link to a blog post by Rachel Peck that was so fabulous that I had to share and comment! When I went to make a comment, my post wasn’t saving correctly, so I just decided to dust off the old blog and post it here!

This is a FABULOUS post! Agreed! You crushed it!
This is a post that should be shared! I will have it at the ready for my teachers, most coming from other schools and districts, who lament the day that I let AR die a quiet death at my elementary school. The collateral damage that AR does far outweighs any small, anecdotal advantages it presents. Additionally, if our goal is to make informed, research-based decisions that are best for the healthy development of children, AR, with its lack of independent supporting research is a very expensive folly. I wonder what innovative, engaging library programs & improvements $3500+ per year/per campus might make!

If you’re at all interested in literacy, go read her blog post now! Rachel Peck has provided such a strong, thoughtful argument for authentic reading programs (see Donalyn Miller’s work) as opposed to reading accountability programs such as AR!

Accountability makes adults’ jobs easier. Authentic reading benefits children.

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Education & Tech News to Use: Graphic Novels Matter!

Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 8.16.38 AMFor those of us who don’t really “get” graphic novels, here’s a great resource from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to help us re-evaluate their importance to our students’ reading development. Personally, I wish I liked them more–I really do–but I do appreciate that my kids (including my own personal kid, and she’s an adult) connect to graphic novels in a profound way.

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Education & Tech News to Use 01/08/2015

I love this list! We all do so many of these things, but it’s good to have them all in one place so we can think about why we use them and which ones are best       for the particular lesson!

This is one of those why-didn’t-I-think-of-that kind of posts. Duh!

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Education & Tech News to Use 08/13/2014

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Education & Tech News to Use 06/13/2014

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Education & Tech News to Use 06/02/14

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Education & Tech News to Use 04/11/2014

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Education & Tech News to Use 01/14/2014

“A horse may be coaxed to drink, but a pencil must be lead” `Stan Laurel

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3rd Graders Rock!

Yesterday, I got the greatest letter about Erin Hunter’s Warriors series–typed in business letter format–from one of my 3rd graders! He wrote:

To: Ms C
From: JR
Re: Original Warriors Story

Dear Mrs. C:

I like Warriors. I thought I would write you this becausee you are a great person and to thank you for getting the Warriors books to be enjoyed by Erin Hunter fans of all ages.
Thank you,
JR

He then went on to summarize the Warriors book he just read and enjoyed–and he IS a fan! What a genuine, heartfelt, typically 3rd grade thing to do! I do love my students! 3rd graders rock!

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