Response to Intervention

Where to be begin? My momma always said, "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all!" So, I will leave AIMSweb and my district's "system" for interventions and RtI out of this. *rolls eyes* Can I get a virtual high five if you've had it up to HERE with people who have no idea what it's like to be a classroom teacher designing programs and telling you how and what you should be doing in your classroom?! Okay- thank you, moving right along.
I was looking for an SIMPLE, QUICK, and FUN way to assess my kids for some simple fluency goals. Every day I meet with two groups during reader's workshop and one group during math workshop. I wanted to have a quick warmup that would practice fluency for all of these groups but I also wanted to include data, so I would have some way to track their growth. Thus, my RtI Boards were born.  I'm going to try and be as clear as possible about how I use these. Bear with me and let me know if you have any questions in the comments section.
I made 7 different boards: Letter Naming, Letter Sound, Non-Sense Word, Word Family, Sight Words, Number Identification 1-120, and Number Pattern boards. I copied 6 copies of each board onto different colored card stock and then laminated them. I made 6 of each because, in my class of 24, 6 to a group seems to be the magic number. :/
For reader's workshop I meet with two groups a day. The first group I meet with is a strategy group. We usually do some sort of reading strategy as a focus or word work.  My second group is a guided reading group where I do your typical guided reading lesson. However, for both of these groups, I now begin with an RtI board warm up. Depending on the level of my group or the focus of that days lesson I choose an RtI board. The little girl above is working on letter naming. I pass out a board to each student and have them use a pointer, or their finger, to find one of the shapes down the side. The student above is working on the "sunshine row". As a group we read the row together as quickly as we can. Then, depending on time, I give the group 2 minutes to independently practice. I may assign a row (like the "flower row" which is all bs and ds) or I'll let them choose their own. I use these 2 minutes to listen and monitor or work on something else with one of the students in the group.
Once a month I set a timer and assess each student to see how far they can read on any given board. I don't assess each student on every single board. I usually choose one or two to focus on. For instance the little girl above is working on letter sound fluency and letter naming fluency. Once she is successful with those I may begin non-sense words with her or sight words. I keep these handy graphing sheets right in my assessment notebook and remind kids of their goals from time to time-"Lets see if you can get all the way to the snowflake this time!" There are two versions of every graph included in the packet. I know some schools don't follow our Sept-June schedule and I know that, in some instances, you may want to progress monitor more than once a month. I have included blank copies of the graphs as well.
These RtI boards come in handy for other things, too. I'm sure you can all relate to having one of your groups interrupted. Maybe the phone rings, or a student needs you, or someone shows up at your door... Now that my students know how to use these boards I keep them stored right in their "group bins" along with some sand timers. They know that if Mrs. Wheat is busy they can grab a board and begin timing one another or work independently on it. They can also be used in centers.  I have the sight word boards and some pointers and sand timers in one of my center tubs. My kids love timing themselves and seeing how fast they can read their sight words.
The sight word boards correlate with my Sight Word Study Guides Unit on TpT. I have updated that unit to include the boards and graphs so if you already own it, be sure to download it again.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out the example below.
They're great for homework, independent practice, morning work, peer tutoring, etc. Each study guide covers six words. There are also flash cards, assessment pages, and now RtI Boards included in the packet.
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I hope that you will check out my latest product on TpT and an oldie but a goodie. :) My kiddos are still working on our Communities Unit and our Community Helpers Unit so I'll be back soon with plenty of pictures and more to say about these two new units. :) Thanks for reading. I'd love to read your comments and hear about your experiences with RtI.



3 comments

  1. Wow you have really amazing ideas on here and I LOVE LOVE the name of your blog. I have nominated you for a Liebster award, please check it out on my blog!
    Dynelle
    http://firstgradefunmrsdunn.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thank you! You're too kind. I must confess, I'm new to this blogging thing so I have NO idea what you are talking about! LOL. I will check out your blog to see. :)

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