Inside a Classroom Implementing RTI

Posted by Andrew Howard on Jun 22, 2015 7:40:00 PM
Andrew Howard

Teacher in RTI (Response to Intervention) classroomThis school year is over, and like all good students, here at Wowzers we're trying to learn from good teachers.

We've been doing interviews with teachers about how their methods of teaching are changing. 

Today's interview is with Sam Hess, an elementary school teacher from San Diego, CA. In less than a minute and a half Sam explains how he uses technology in his classroom to implement an effective RTI model. 

Teacher: Sam Hess
School: King Chavez Arts Academy, San Diego, CA
Teaching Example: Using data from an online math program to break students into different tiers and personalize learning

Sam tells us that he uses four (4) tiers in his intervention system:

  1. Above Grade Level
  2. On Grade level
  3. Remediation
  4. Urgent Intervention

He uses student performance data to determine what content students are going to work on. For example, his Tier 1 and 2 students were working on an enrichment activity, while his Tier 3 students were working on standards that they were having trouble with, and the Tier 4 students were getting individual tutoring from Sam.

Click the play button below to hear it directly from Sam!


There are many ways to build an intervention system in your classroom. It is important that your RTI model have some of the same elements that Sam used in his classroom:

  • accurate data from student assessments;
  • defined tiers and a plan for each; 
  • enough content to differentiate instruction for students in those tiers;
  • a lot of energy, like Sam!

If you're looking for more resources on creating your own RTI model click here for a FREE E-Book from Wowzers Online Math: 5 Steps to Create or Improve your RTI Model


Want to join a FREE RTI pilot from Wowzers Online Math (grades K-8).

Click here for more information.


Topics: RTI

Wowzers is a comprehensive online math program covering all Common Core State Standards for grades K-8. The research-based program adapts to each learner and allows for an individualized path through the curriculum. Content is presented in multiple ways, and appeals to tactile, auditory, and visual learners. Assessments mirror those found on high-stakes achievement tests and provide teachers and administrators with the information that they need to personalize learning for each student.

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