Success! (Follow-up to AR Frustrations)

Well, after venting about AR, I downloaded the list of AR tests our middle school owns.  I then went through the entire list, marking books that I thought would appeal to my former student.  I came up with a list of 10 or so books, each one worth at least 10 points.  I typed up recommendations and sent the email to my student (with crossed fingers!).  

She just emailed me back.  It was a success!  First of all, she can’t wait to read Wintergirls once she is done with her AR points. But in order to earn her 30 AR points, she will be reading Catherine, Called Birdy and Locked in Time. I just opened this email, which made me smile. :)

great choices! catherine called birdy im going to try and read along with locked in time! both books sound ahhhmazing!  thxs sooo much!

Crisis averted!  Plus a non-AR recommendation for later.  :)

Making Recommendations a Year Later

Last year was the first year I really felt I made a difference in my students’ reading lives.  They moved from being extremely reluctant readers to voracious readers between September and June.  While I attribute this mostly to the outstanding class I had, I am very proud of the work I did to promote reading to them.

The most rewarding part of all that work?  I have students emailing me this year, from the middle school, to recommend books to me!  What an amazing feeling!  And just today I received an email seeking some recommendations from me, and I was able to share book recommendations from one former student with another.  How awesome is that?  :)

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