I have worked at two different schools and it seemed like both schools struggled with RTI. There was tons of repetitive paperwork and often what was acceptable in one meeting for one child…somehow didn’t work for another child and another meeting. I think this is because it is a really confusing process in general- for all parties: parents, teachers, counselors and administrators.
While I have no magical guarantees of how to make RTI seamless for you and your school, I *do* have some suggestions on to help teachers stay organized while collecting data. Last school year I had several students on the RTI tiers and collected LOTS of different data. It could have been a paper work nightmare! And it was…until one night I stayed late, developed a system and got myself organized. And it worked like a charm.
I wish I had photos of it, but I chose not to photograph it on purpose. I was afraid that much of the information was confidential since it did have student’s names and data.
First things first, I got a binder. Here is the cover I used:
Then I created sections. I was too cheap to buy dividers (or even find construction paper to make my own) so I simply cut tabs from post it notes and stuck them on pieces of paper to hang out like flags. On each of these post it notes, I wrote the student’s name that I was tiering. Since I already knew what strategies I was using, I went ahead and prepared several copies of worksheets or the materials I needed for that student. Then I hole punched the papers and put them behind the students name post it.
In the front of the binder I kept a simple check sheet that looked similar to this:
word problems. Each word problem on the
probe are slightly different due to the different styles of word
problems. However, although each problem
on the probe is different, the style (or situation) is the same for that
specific number on all the probes.
For example, problem number one on all the probes is always a single digit addition, numbers written as
numerals, join-result unknown
problem. This makes is easy to show
growth (or lack of growth) with each assessment. The four problems on each
Single digit addition, numbers written as numerals, join-result unknown
written in word form, join-result
Double digit subtraction (no regrouping), numbers written as numerals, join- change unknown
regrouping), numbers written as numerals, join-results unknown
and four additional probes. Hopefully
this will make data collection for RTI much more organized! I just added it to my store and it is only $3! I intend on making one set of these for each quarter!
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.