On Friday, my class reached it's goal of 1,000 AR points! The kids were so excited! Several of them were dancing around the room! They have read/listened to over 2200 books this school year! Are they through reading? Not even close! There are 2 students who are really close to meeting their individual goal of earning either their hat or the big AR field trip, so my leaders have decided to help these 2 students meet their goals. I LOVE what AR has taught my kids this year. No, they are not reading on grade level, but they have all made progress. (Some have made a year's worth of progress this year!) They have learned teamwork, how to work with someone to achieve a goal, and the satisfaction of hard work! Most importantly, they have begun to see themselves as they see their peers. For the first time since I've been teaching, I don't hear as many "I can't". Instead, I hear, "I'll try" or "Will someone help me?" They have learned that they are important and they can learn. They have learned a more valuable lesson than I ever thought they would have learned. Hard work pays off. If you want to achieve a goal, good friends will stick by your side to help and encourage you along the way!