This 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:
- Above Grade Level
- On Grade level
- 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.
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.
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