As a special education teacher, I’ve never been a big fan of AR (accelerated reader) quizzes. There are a couple of reasons for my bias. These quizzes bring an unnatural pressure for students to “fake” read for points. You’ve probably all experienced the students that …. watched the movie, then took the quiz or had a book read to them, then took the quiz or simply never read the book at all and then miserably failed the quiz. BUT, have you ever experienced this….
This happened in a 4th grade classroom, students are require read books at their “level” and take an AR quiz at least 1 per month. As I’m checking the quizzes and scores, I see that one young man has read such books as Big Bird’s, Big Book and Elmo’s Countdown to Bedtime. Not only that he’s flunking the quizzes. Hmmmmmm
This student is actually a wonderful reader, however, not my best rule follower. Still, I was surprised when I discovered this and called him over to tell him how disappointed I was that he wasn’t taking this assignment seriously. I needed to find out what was going on. Was he being silly? Was he rebelling against the AR quizzes? Was he showing off for friends? All these questions went through my mind.
His answer, “I didn’t do that Mrs. Worrell.”
“Well, if you didn’t do it, who did?” was my rather haughty reply.
After some lengthy investigation, the general education teacher and I discovered that there were two young ladies in this class that were playing a trick on him. They’d found out his password and entered those books and quizzes on his account. Well, well, well. That was a first for me.