Lifelong Learner & Reflective Practitioner

Lifelong Learner & Reflective Practitioner

Let's Transform Our Schools Into TRUE Professional Learning Communities

Let's Transform Our Schools Into TRUE Professional Learning Communities
In Your School- Do all stakeholders subscribe to the belief that EVERYONE has something to learn and EVERYONE has something to teach? This blog can help you gain insight on how to facilitate this transformative mindset with your faculty!

Jun 6, 2013

TRUE Response to Intervention: A Practical Approach

With the federal and state mandates regarding RTI, many schools have instituted a knee-jerk reaction to assisting struggling students. Often times, these plans are driven by fear of accountability and not by what is truly in the best interest of students. Here is a practical approach to implementing RTI.

Start with some creative master scheduling. Provide a built-in hour of Intervention (for Tier I and Tier II) into the master schedule. As always, elicit the input of teachers when developing the schedule. Then, allow teachers opportunities to collaborate to develop a plan for intervention that best meets the needs of their students. Suggest that teachers begin by brainstorming approaches/strategies/programs that effectively address the needs of struggling and advanced students. Have them make an informed decision to utilize 4-6 strategies (typically, this number will be how ever many teachers you have teaching that grade level- for example, if you have five second grade teachers, they will decide on five strategies).

Once the decision is made, each of the strategies should be labeled on a sentence strip and displayed (for example, teachers may decide to use the following interventions: Fundations Computer Reading Program, Partner Reading, Literature Circles, and Socratic Seminar). Once teachers have decided on the appropriate interventions, they will need to decide what teacher is most capable of facilitating that strategy. Each teacher should write the names of their students on POST-IT NOtes (one name per POST-IT Note), and then they should make a thoughtful decision regarding which strategy would be most appropriate for each student and place the student's name under that sentence strip. I recommend that each teacher use a different color of Post-It Notes so that they can quickly determine- visually- which teachers' students will be in each group. The teachers will facilitate the intervention for an hour during the intervention block. Each teacher will have some of her own students as well as some of the students from each one of the other classes. This gives stduents opportunities to work with and alongside of various peers. These groups should be flexible- so if a student makes accelerated progress with one strategy they can be moved to another intervention group that better suits their particular needs.

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