“Where do I start?”
There are many different answers to this question. Some would suggest purchasing good interventions. Some would suggest looking at your assessments and progress monitoring. An argument could be made that you should examine your schedule to make sure that there is a time, a place, and a person to deliver small group interventions.
After considering all of those answers, I have come to this conclusion:
The most important first step in successfully implementing RTI is ensuring the quality of full class instruction.
Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions may be what everyone is talking about, but full class instruction affects more students.
The fastest way to increase learning at your school is to improve full class instruction.
The least expensive way to increase learning at your school is to improve full class instruction.
The change that will affect the most number of students at your school is to improve full class instruction.
I know that isn’t the most exciting answer, but it is the right answer. And there are a lot of schools spending a lot of energy running around trying to implement a complicated system of Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions when much of that energy would be better spent simply focusing on improving Tier One full classroom instruction.
Now, that does not mean that there is no need for small group interventions at Tier 2 or Tier 3. It simply means that those interventions should come only after a student has received high-quality research-based best-practice full classroom instruction. In many schools the need for Tier 2 small group interventions could be drastically reduced if Tier One full class instruction was at a high level in all classrooms.
I am going to spend some time in December showing you some simple ways to improve Tier One full classroom instruction at your school. Before I do that, please send me your questions, concerns, and obstacles so that I can address exactly what you need to improve in this area! Simply reply to this email and let me know what you think about Tier One full classroom instruction at your school! I look forward to hearing from you.
There will be no newsletter next week because of Thanksgiving…Have a great two weeks!
“The RTI Guy”