Tuesday, October 13, 2015

RTI Time Savers!

After posting a question on The Inspired Apple's Facebook page about the hardest part of implementing RTI in the classroom, the consistent answer was TIME!  I would have to agree.  There isn't a "quick way" to do RTI.  From giving assessments to analyzing data to identifying students to pulling resources to the actual implementation of the intervention and and the evaluation of its efficacy, it's all VERY time intensive!  My hope and prayer for you is that you have school administrators and leadership on your side to help you with this process.  Because it is a process.  

Though I can't help you with the bulk of this process, I do have a few time saving resources to share.  After recognizing the need to have easy-to-implement RTI resources on hand, and assuming that you - as the classroom teacher - are responsible for implementing RTI to some extent in your classroom, Rebecca and I decided to create a set of resources that you could pull from when you needed something fast, efficient, and standards-aligned.  Hence, RTI on the Fly!

Today's spotlight is on RTI on the Fly: Letter Sounds.  I will be sharing more resources and talking RTI throughout the week, so be sure to stop by for more information, activities, and freebies!

First of all, each pack includes lesson plans detailing what the teacher will instruct independently, followed by a shared activity, and then an independent activity/exit slip for the student to do that can be used as a formative assessment for the lesson!  Each lesson also includes a follow-up activity sheet that can be used in class OR at home depending on your preference.  

After students have completed the "You Do" section, you can cut it off from the lesson plan page to save as a formative assessment.  This makes data collection - a critical component to RTI - SO EASY!
 For this particular pack, here's everything that's included for each letter of the alphabet!

 If you'd like to try this resource for FREE, click the Freebie image below OR you can access the full resource by clicking the image on the right.

Tomorrow, I'll be sharing RTI on the Fly: Letter ID and RTI on the Fly: Handwriting.  


And, don't forget - you can purchase these products as part of 2 different money-saving bundles depending on your need!  Click the images below to see more!

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Neutral Halloween Decor

This Halloween I decided to go for neutral decor.  Not only does it reflect my current style, but it will also allow me transition easily to Thanksgiving by removing/adding very few pieces since a lot of what I already decorate with was left out.  With three little ones who are consuming a lot of my spare time, this is definitely preferable!

It's not your traditional Halloween collection - barely any orange to be found! - but I really like how it all turned out.  It's mostly limited to our kitchen and family room, since those are the main two rooms we spend most of our time in.  
frame - removed from old painting // vase - Hobby Lobby // lantern - Walmart // frame - Target // white pumpkins - Michael's // paper witch hat - Martha Stewart // wreath - Target // Happy Halloween & polkadot flag banner - Hobby Lobby // string of beads - Home Goods

Our fireplace is flanked by built-ins on either side, and they give me so much trouble!  I don't want to clutter them - which is really easy to do.  I tried to balance out bigger items with smaller items to keep them as minimalistic as possible.  

mini mummy bust - Dollar Tree // green plants - yard sale // frames - Homegoods // pumpkin - Target Dollar Spot // cardboard M - JoAnn's Fabric //  dual lantern - Homegoods 

milkglass bowl - thrift store // horse head, gold box, vase - Homegoods // 'Boo' - Hobby Lobby // pumpkin - Homegoods // chalkboard - Hobby Lobby // chevron frame - Homegoods // lantern - Target // burlap frame - Walmart

Oh, look.  There's cute Mister Ben.  Love that kid ;)

On the console table behind our couch is our collection of skeleton pieces.  Literally.  The guy in the middle is my absolutely favorite Halloween decoration.  

Looking into the kitchen.  Just some random bats flying around.  

This collection of frames and window pane are to the right of our built-ins.  The empty frames will soon be filled with our family pictures we're getting taken next week.  

It can't possibly be Halloween without the delicious candy corn-peanuts combo.  This little ghost was a hand-me-down from my mom when B and I were first married.  He's like 20-years-old.  Pretty much vintage.  The collection of pumpkins sit on our kitchen table on a gold foil placemat from Target and a burlap runner from Hobby Lobby (I think!).  The white pumpkins are fake and from Hobby Lobby, and the mini pumpkins are real from Walmart.  

Lastly, our wall chalkboard.  It's actually about 4-feet tall!

There you have it!  Off to nurse a grumpy baby!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, October 9, 2015

RTI for Kindergarten, First Grade, & Second Grade

After I left the classroom and became the Title I teacher for our building, my main focus shifted to ALL THINGS RTI.  My responsibilities regarding RTI included data collection and analysis, helping to identify students at risk, researching and implementing interventions, and scheduling the school-wide RTI program.

I would never credit myself an RTI expert, but I do have a vested interest in its approach and the benefits for our struggling readers.  One book I've added to my personal collection recently is The RTI Planning Book by Gretchen Owocki.

Here are some of the basic premises of the RTI method as described in the book and a good starting point if you're new to this approach:

Hopefully, that gave you a little snapshot of what RTI is all about.  Would I recommend this book? Yes, I do believe that this book could help you or your school set the foundation for a solid RTI model.  And, if having a hardbound resource on hand would help you guide your program, this would certainly be a wise investment.  Not only does it explain the rationale for RTI and each tier, but it also details the different assessments used to guide interventions, along with several blackline printables that you can copy and use in your own room.  The bulk of the book is actually made up of Assessment Practices and Tools and Instructional Practices and Tools - very helpful.  I particularly like the For Students Needing ________ sections that have several idea for how to help students with a specific reading need (i.e. identifying main/key ideas, phonological awareness, etc.).  You can purchase the book on Amazon by clicking the icon below.

I also developed many RTI resources (some with Rebecca at Darlin' Little Learners) to assist teachers when working with struggling students individually or in small groups.  While these resources aren't necessarily research-based they are based off of best practice and are recommended for one-on-one use OR for small group work - both practices that are researched-base.   This is how I justify their use within the RTI framework, particularly at the Tier 2 level when you - as the teacher alone - must provide RTI to students in your classroom.  You can see all of my RTI resources by clicking on the icon below OR check out a specific resource by clicking the product cover pictured below.





I'll be back to discuss some of these resources in further detail!  Have a happy Friday!

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