What I think about AR...

I sort of have a love/hate relationship with Accelerated Reader. On one hand I dislike how it seems to test just recall skills, has questionable reading levels, and can turn off students from reading for fun. On the other hand it's good for showing accountability, has an incentive for students to read a variety of books, and most importantly job security for elementary and middle school Teacher Librarians.I've had more fun with the AR program this year because I attached a theme to it. The theme happens to be a Pirate theme after I thought about the stereotypical Pirate phrase of Arrrrrrrrrrrh!. I have a bulletin board loaded with pirate stuff such as a Jolly Roger flag, a treasure map, as well as a hook. I've even shot a promotional commercial for our school broadcast using pirate action figures.Anybody else have thoughts on AR?
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