Do you use Accelerated Reader to streamline your students' independent reading time? Are you taking on the responsibility when it comes to tracking student progress?
Much of the success of the Accelerated Reader program comes from allowing students to take control of their reading. Independent reading time changed for me (for the better!) the minute my students were keeping track of their ZPDs and point goals. Their bookmarks serve as a daily reminder to them and help keep them on track to meet their goals.