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55 Tactics for Implementing RTI in Inclusive Settings

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October 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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