Do You RtI? (and a giveaway!)

The short answer?  Yes!  

Every good teacher uses RtI strategies!  Most of the time, you don't even realize that you're doing it.  We use other words for the things we do:  Differentiation, Preteaching, Reteaching, Modifying, etc. 

A few years ago, our school district changed our whole RtI process.  We used to only look at the kids that were really struggling in class.  Now we look at every kid.  That's right!  Every single kid!  Of course, we spend more time on some than others, but every kid gets at least a piece of time.

So one of the things that we are really focusing on this year is documenting all of the interventions, no matter how small.  It is something that some of us are having a hard time with because a lot of what we do is just plain ol' being a great teacher!  We have to switch our thinking to list some of those interventions that don't seem big enough to be worth mentioning.

One of the biggest misconceptions about RtI is that we feel like the interventions NEED to be big or NEED to be a "program".  Maybe we feel like it only a specialist can deliver the intervention.  Nope!  Great RtI starts with the smallest interventions that you can do right in your classroom with little effort!

Here are some interventions that you may be already doing in your classroom without even knowing it:

*  Having a student sit in the front row.
*  Giving math facts practice for extra homework.
*  Reading with a buddy during study hall.
*  10 minutes on the iPad playing reading games before dismissal.
*  Checking a planner before packing up.

Those are just a few easy things that we use in our classroom but there are so many more examples.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Mentoring Minds to see if I wanted to test one of their products.  I checked out their website and immediately knew that I needed to get my hands on some of their RtI materials.

Last week, I received this:

I was so excited to flip through it!  So excited that I brought it to another training because I couldn't wait!

Oh my goodness!  I LOVE it!  There are so many great ideas and strategies.  The layout is easy to follow and it even divides the strategies up by tiers.  

Another thing that I really like about this flip book is that it includes behavior strategies as well.  A few months ago, I attended an RtI training and the one thing that really stuck with me was that we need to first figure out if a student's deficit is caused by a "will" problem or a "skill" problem.  The behavior strategies section gives ideas to attack a "will" problem head on!

My most favorite part is that it is small enough to fit into my RtI binder.  For awhile, we had giant posters all over our conference room walls with different interventions listed by tier.  This is so much more practical.  It can actually fit right in the inside front pocket with no problem!

Want to hear more good news?  Mentoring Minds is allowing me to give away another RtI Strategies Flip Chart (valued at $25) here on my blog! Be sure to enter below! 

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So be confident!  Trust that teacher brain!  RtI isn't as intimidating as it sounds.  Most likely, you're using many strategies and interventions without even knowing it!  

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