Enhancing RTI: How to Ensure Success with Effective Classroom Instruction, Intervention

Enhancing RTI: How to Ensure Success with Effective Classroom Instruction, Intervention

Enhancing RTI: How to Ensure Success with Effective Classroom Instruction, Intervention

Enhancing RTI: How to Ensure Success with Effective Classroom Instruction, Intervention

Synopsis

In Enhancing RTI, the authors argue that students learn best when classroom instruction and supplemental intervention mirror each other in both content and purpose. This book provides K 12 teachers with the knowledge and tools they need to implement a cohesive RTI2 system that helps all children learn by proactively addressing their needs.

Excerpt

We can all think of a time when we struggled in school to learn a particular skill or content area. Why did we struggle? What occurred to eventually help us overcome our obstacle to learning? In most cases, we were helped by a teacher who identified our instructional needs and then implemented one or more interventions to which we successfully responded. The result of that instruction and intervention was that we were able to improve our academic performance and self-efficacy.

The key to helping all children learn literacy and content is to believe in their ability to learn and then to explicitly guide their learning through systematic and intentional instruction and intervention. This approach combines continuous, “on-the-spot” evaluation of a learner’s needs and his or her response to the implementation of evidence-based intervention strategies. If a child’s response to the intervention is successful, a positive change in learning will occur. If no change in learning occurs, the teacher needs to further study the child and the initial intervention, instructional delivery, and materials. Based on new insights, the teacher can then plan a different treatment or intervention targeted to meet the child’s needs.

This cycle—from assessment to instruction—enables teachers to observe students’ responsiveness to the targeted interventions and to proceed with instruction that is supported by ever-evolving performance data. This Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI) system is designed to change learner performance as a function of targeted instruction. The use of the RTI model is desperately needed to ensure that equal access to learning is available for every child.

In the past, challenging content was reserved for the highest-achieving students. Struggling learners were excluded from chemistry, physics, and advanced history classes and were instead tracked into general science classes or classes on practical economics. Deprived of the opportunity to . . .

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