Warning: this is a shameless promotion of a book that I wrote recently. :)
If you work in an elementary or middle school, you probably have access to Accelerated Reader or Scholastic Reading Counts. Librarians and reading teachers typically have a love-hate relationship with these programs. We love the fact that it generates interest in reading, but loathe the candy bar rewards and pie-in-the-face stunts that are often used to reward students who read books. We find ourselves at odds with bribing students to read; something that is good for them and something that we love.
But what if we changed the emphasis from prizes to awards? What if we set goals for every student of every reading ability, and honored the students who achieve those goals? What if we give every student an opportunity for success as an individual, and as a member of a group?
When I worked as an elementary library media specialist in Florida, I created such a system. Last year I wrote a book, Rewarding Your Accelerated Readers, that describes my reading rewards program and serves as your guide to implement the program at your school.
Rewarding Your Accelerated Readers is published by Third Stream Press, and is available on Amazon.com in soft-cover and eBook formats. If you’re ready to take your AR or Reading Counts program to the next level, then give it a try. Click here for purchasing information.