Monday, February 18, 2013

RtI Interventions

My school has begun RtI officially this year.  I am the "intervention specialist" for our school's RtI team (sounds fancy I know!).  In my research, I have discovered that every school seems to implement RtI a little bit differently.  Some schools have RtI teams who help classroom teachers while other schools have teams that actually work with students.  At those schools, the RtI member's job and title is actually as an RtI interventionist or team member.  At my school, I'm on the team that helps the classroom teacher (in addition to being a full time classroom teacher myself).  

I could go on and on about RtI its processes and the research behind the idea.  Instead, I would rather discuss the student and the intervention.  In a nutshell, when a student struggles, the classroom teacher needs to figure out why and then do something about it.  I often help other teachers at my school figure out in a systematic way, why a student is struggling in a specific area.  From there, we design interventions specific to that student to help them grow in that one isolated area.  Since K-2 students often struggle in similar skill sets, I have created intervention units to help the classroom teacher (or interventionist) work on RtI based interventions.  The cover of each unit tells you if the unit is for you.  





My units include specific details about how to do the intervention and how to assess and collect data for the intervention. When searching for resources for RtI I discovered that many of the units I was able to find were for the assessment only.  None of the units included the materials to do the intervention and then the assessment materials too.  I created units that have both so that everything you need is in one unit.  The units also align with each other.  This means if you are working on multiple interventions with multiple students, your data collection process will be simplified!

I have also included pictures of myself working with students within each unit to help ensure understanding of what an intervention is.  

Recording the Interventions {all charts and graphs included in each unit}

Assessing the Student 

I hope that if you need help with students who are struggling with Letters & Sounds, CVC words, or High Frequency Words that you will consider my units.  If you have any questions about how I use these, feel free to leave a comment or email me.  I would also love to hear about how RtI is implemented in your school. 


8 comments:

  1. Randi are these units in your TpT store? I'd love to check them out to see if they are different from what I use. I'm always looking for new ideas!

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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    1. I completely forgot to put links with the pictures. I have added them now and you can click on any picture to be taken to the item in my TPT store. At some point, I will bundle the units by skill sets.

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  2. Love these!! We have RtI groups at my school and progress monitor weekly. We use Burst and Dibels and other data for tracking. Thanks for another great tool. I am adding it to my wish list. :). Stephanie

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! I am not familiar with BURST but we do use DIBELS. The NWF tests are killer in first grade once the little ones are actually reading if you don't teach the skill. Thanks for following :)
      Randi

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  3. Randi,
    I love your RtI ideas and would love for you to keep moving up the phonics ladder-from blends, digraphs, diphthongs, and long vowel sounds. If you are still upright, could you move onto comprehension activities? We are especially struggling with comprehension RtI now. Thanks for helping us on this journey.
    eugenezirk@centurytel.net

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    1. Louise,

      Thank you! Yes, I am climbing the ladder with these units. I will stop working on ELA at some point and I will be working on the same idea for math from the group up. My next unit will be blends followed by digraphs! What grade level are you looking for help with for comprehension? I think that makes a difference for comprehension interventions?
      Randi

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  4. These look great. We are looking at implementing RtI next year in our school and I am looking to learn more about it. Is there any resources beyond the ones that you created that you woule recommend? Any ideas would be great. Thanks for your help.
    Megan
    mhorman@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

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    1. I will email you some websites and resource books that our team as used to navigate through the process. I do think that every school does it very different. Hope I can help!
      Randi

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