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55 Tactics for Implementing RTI in Inclusive Settings

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November 2009 | 216 pages | Corwin

"This exceptionally practical book can make a real difference in every classroom. Educators who follow the wisdom in this book and apply the specific tactics will ensure success for all students. The authors present a healthy attitude toward educators taking personal responsibility to teach for learning."
—Wanda Oden, Assistant Superintendent
Kingman Unified School District No. 20, AZ

"Teaching diverse learners in inclusive settings can be an overwhelming task. This book is my bible for effectively completing multiple tasks with my students, who often have varying needs."
—Tina M. Guard, Graduate Student and Teacher
University of Nevada

Boost academic achievement for all students in your inclusive classroom!

As schools implement RTI in general education settings, educators need easy access to information about effective teaching and intervention tactics for the diverse learners in their classrooms. This resource provides all teachers, regardless of level, experience, or area of specialization, with effective instructional strategies for students with or without disabilities and across grade levels and content areas.

Drawing from evidenced-based models of instruction, 55 Tactics for Implementing RTI in Inclusive Settings is organized around four components of instruction—planning, managing, delivering, and evaluating. In addition to 55 classroom-tested, how-to tactics backed by research, this book includes:

  • Accommodations and modifications to adapt tactics to meet individual instructional needs
  • Illustrations showing how to implement tactics within each tier of a three-tier RTI framework
  • Relevant examples from teachers in the field
  • A wealth of reproducibles, worksheets, and forms for immediate use
  • References and additional readings

This valuable guide provides the support teachers need to meet the increasingly diverse needs of today's classrooms and ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Planning Instruction
 
1. Decide What to Teach
Assess to Identify Gaps in Performance

 
Establish Logical Sequences of Instruction

 
Consider Contextual Variables

 
 
2. Decide How to Teach
Set Instructional Goals/Establish Performance Standards

 
Choose Instructional Methods and Materials

 
Establish Grouping Structures

 
Pace Instruction Appropriately

 
Monitor Performance and Replan Instruction

 
 
3. Communicate Realistic Expectations
Teach Goals, Objectives, and Standards

 
Teach Students to Be Active, Involved Learners

 
Teach Students Consequences of Performance

 
 
Part II. Managing Instruction
 
4. Prepare for Instruction
Set Classroom Rules/Communicate and Teach Classroom Rules

 
Communicate Consequences of Behavior

 
Handle Disruptions Efficiently

 
Teach Students to Manage Their Own Behavior

 
 
5. Use Time Productively
Establish Routines and Procedures

 
Organize Physical Space

 
Allocate Sufficient Time to Academic Activities

 
 
6. Establish Positive Environments
Make the Classroom a Pleasant, Friendly Place

 
Accept Individual Differences

 
Establish Supportive, Cooperative Learning Environments

 
Create a Nonthreatening Learning Environment

 
 
Part III. Delivering Instruction
 
7. Present Information
Gain and Maintain Attention

 
Review Prior Skills or Lessons

 
Provide Organized, Relevant Lessons

 
Show Enthusiasm and Interest

 
Use Rewards Effectively

 
Consider Level and Student Interest

 
Model Thinking Skills

 
Teach Fact-Finding Skills

 
Teach Divergent Thinking

 
Teach Learning Strategies

 
Develop Automaticity

 
Vary Opportunities for Practice/Vary Methods of Practice

 
Monitor Amount of Work Assigned

 
 
8. Monitor Presentations
Give Immediate, Frequent, Explicit Feedback/Provide Specific Praise and Encouragement

 
Model Correct Performance

 
Provide Prompts and Cues

 
Check Student Understanding

 
Monitor Performance Regularly/Monitor Performance During Practice

 
Use Peers to Improve Instruction

 
Provide Opportunities for Success/Limit Opportunities for Failure

 
Monitor Engagement Rates

 
 
9. Adjust Presentations
Adapt Lessons to Meet Student Needs

 
Provide Varied Instructional Options

 
Alter Pace

 
 
Part IV. Evaluating Instruction
 
10. Monitor Student Understanding
Check Understanding of Directions

 
Check Procedural Understanding

 
Monitor Student Success Rate

 
 
11. Monitor Engaged Time
Check Student Participation/Teach Students to Monitor Their Own Participation

 
 
12. Keep Records of Student Progress
Teach Students to Chart Their Own Progress

 
Regularly Inform Students of Performance

 
Maintain Records of Student Performance

 
 
13. Use Data to Make Decisions
Use Student Progress to Make Teaching Decisions

 
Use Data to Decide If More Services Are Warranted/Use Student Progress to Decide When to Discontinue Services

 
 
Appendix A: RTI Accommodations/Modifications Checklist
 
Appendix B: RTI Accommodations/Modifications Worksheet
 
Appendix C: Documentation of RTI Accomodations/Modifications
 
References
 
Additional Readings
 
Selected Internet Resources: RTI Accomodations/Modifications
 
Index

"This exceptionally practical book can make a real difference in every classroom. Educators who follow with intensity the wisdom in this book and apply the specific tactics will ensure success for all students. The authors present a healthy attitude toward educators taking personal responsibility to teach for learning."

Wanda Oden, Assistant Superintendent
Kingman Unified School District No. 20, AZ

"Campbell gives teachers a compass of well-researched tactics to navigate RTI in inclusive classrooms. Teaching diverse learners in inclusive settings can be an overwhelming task. This book is my bible for effectively completing multiple tasks with my students, who often have varying needs."

Tina M. Guard, Graduate Student and Teacher
University of Nevada

"A quick and easy reference for general and special educators. The research-based strategies in this book address challenging classroom situations with ease and effectiveness. The specific examples provide solutions for teachers dealing with a great variety of learning differences. This book provides a valuable resource for any school implementing an RTI model."

Jennifer Collins, Special Education Teacher
Key features
  • This the third volume in a collection of evidence-based practices for elementary and secondary teachers and for special education teachers at any grade level
  • Each volume is structured to make it easy for teachers to find the practices best suited to the grade, content area, and learning problem they are addressing
  • Provides teachers with implementation information, teacher feedback on the practice, and references to find what they need in the literature

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Decide What to Teach


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