A long, LONG time ago I talked about our district’s RTI plan. We created the steps and established our procedures. We have been using this system for the last 12 months and it is working really, REALLY well. You can read about our RTI system HERE.
One thing we KNOW we have to do is start working with these students RIGHT away. We all have those little sweeties who come in with little knowledge of the alphabetic system. When they say their alphabet… it goes pretty good until they get to that letter they call “elamenopee.” Is this just a simple lack of exposure or is there a learning disability? Certainly, on day 35 of school, I am not ready to jump to a conclusion. However, I am ready to start intensive interventions AND begin the data collecting proess on this cluster of students. To be honest, I have been meeting with this group (and my other groups) for 2 weeks now.
Here is how I have it organized.
First I broke my class into groups. I let my most struggling group pick their group name (elephants, lions, zebras, or rhinos). Right now I have 4 groups, but I will need to break this into 5 groups next week.
I have an “intervention bin” which has some easy to grab resources in it.
Here is a “bird’s eye view”. I keep the white board markers in an empty Crystal Light bin. The little white basket holds mirrors so they can see their face as they say letters (we use these from time to time). I also have some card stock that I have laminated so we can practice writing letters, words, or numbers depending on the group I am working with.
The bin also holds Abby’s wonderful RTI kit. We slide these pages in this sleeve and we can then use a dry erase marker. Such a time saver!!!
I keep all of the letters in a page protector in that binder (so all of the letter Cc pages are in one page protector, all of the letter Dd pages are in another…)
Here is what the inside of the drawers look like. I keep various word work activities in the “Small Group Reading” bin, I put the leveled text in the group’s drawer.
This is what my work board looks like. As students move from one group to another, I can just simply swap out their animal.
So… with all of these interventions, we need a way to measure or do “progress monitoring.” As you know, it is not enough to work with the kiddos, you have to have a way to see if your intervention is working. This is where Jen Jones of Hello Literacy comes in. I!Love! This!Packet!
These have 25 probes (ouch..LOL) for each fundamental reading skill:
Letter Name Identification
Letter Sound Production
Phonemic Awarenss Segmentation
Nonsensical Word Fluency
Sight Word Identification
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