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RtI information, anyone??
Old 02-24-2008, 05:05 PM
 
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I'm hoping to find someone who has some experience with RtI at their school. I have an important decision to make......by tomorrow!

I've taught in the regular classroom for 15 years. I've always loved, loved, loved my job! Teaching reading, in particular, is a passion for me.

Our school is beginning the RTi process. I'm anticipating a new position will be added for the "intervention specialist" or someone to take us through this process. It is certainly inviting to me, but I'm struggling with the idea of actually leaving my classroom. I believe I'd love working with small groups (in and out of others' classrooms), and I know this type of work would certainly be rewarding.

I'm looking for any "reading specialists" or anyone famililar with the RTi process that could maybe give me some first-hand advice. Has anyone actually left their own classroom to take a position like this? Please help with some of your opinions. Thanks!


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Old 02-25-2008, 02:47 PM
 
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I am not familiar with RTi what is the complete name of the program. There are so many new programs etc. I try to keep up on all of them.
I am a reading specialist and I service 50 plus kids a day. I LOVE IT. Each student with me is an individual challenge. In regular classroom you are still challenged with that child but you do what you can and you have to move on to keep up with the masses and benchmarks. Working in small groups allows me and the child to find the learning style that fits them and not what the state mandate suggests. I deal with alot of couseling that I would not have time for in the regular classroom. I am able to be a resouce and a back up team member for the regular classroom teacher during parent conferences etc. I have been in my postion 14 years . At our school we had the reading specialist postion and small group guided reading etc before the BIG push. I would say if you like to see small learning steps develop into BIG steps it might be your cup of tea. GOOD LUCK
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:30 PM
 
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from regular ed in Grade 5 for 20 years to Title I Reading. I love it! It is not RTI but I work with small groups, teach only reading, and do some training for the teachers. I am not too familiar with RTI, but I know that many in our state are also going that direction. So I can not speak about that program, but what I can tell you about my change is...

What I do not miss about the regular classroom: collecting field trip money, dealing with playground issues that come back into the classroom after recess, dealing with idiot parents who don't help their kids with their homework, let alone be sure they have them fed and clothed properly for school, report cards and daily grades ( I do reports to parents, but they are so much less than the DAILY grading of papers)

What I like about my situation: small groups, short time frames 25-30 minutes, NO discipline problems, if I don't like the kid, they leave in a short time, more independence, I teach reading strategies and skills and build up confidence...so much easier to do in a small group.

There are a few downsides...teachers who don't let you know what is going on in their classrooms, planning for lots of groups ( but I am getting better...one general topic per day using the classroom's vocab, spelling, reading strategy...then I just re do it for each group. I sometimes miss the large group projects that were so much fun. BUT..

I would move again in a minute...Good luck with your choice. Let me know if I can help.
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Thanks, Readerrabbit and LaVerne, for taking time to answer my post! It's so good to hear from people who have dealt with the same decision. It helps to justify what I believe to be the best "new direction" of my teaching career.

I discussed this prospect with my principal yesterday. He seemed pleased that I was interested in the RTI process and now knows that I'd like to give it a try. He doesn't know a lot about the process and/or timeline for our school. We will just have to wait and see what happens.

The idea of small "needy" groups is certainly of interest to me! I have always felt like my job was rewarding, but it seems to me that this type of instruction would be even more so. I do believe I'm ready for a change!

Thanks, again, for your experiences and opinions!
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RTI stands for Response to Intervention. It is a 3 tiered intervention set up to respond to students at-risk. We use it as a model in our SIT (Student Intervention Team) team. When a student is brought to SIT we consider them in Tier 1. An additional 30 minutes a day over above what the regular student is getting. This intervention is done in the classroom by the classroom teacher. Tier 2 is usually done by a intervention specialist, such as a Title 1 teacher. Once again, just more time devoted to the area the student is struggling with. Once in Tier 3, the student is recommended to be tested for Special Education.


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I just found this website, so I am late responding. We have the MTSS (It used to be called RTI) program at our school. We started it two years ago. I have been teaching Title I Reading for the last 10 years at our school and liked the new approach. Not only do I work with my Title kids, but I work with Special Education and regular ed kids, too. One thing that we learned at our training is that we should no longer look at what label the student has received in the past. It doesn't matter if they are special ed or title....they are all of our responsibilities and the ultimate goal is to help them understand and learn. The Tier 2 intervention is used when they are behind in their instructional level. We have used various staff in our school to provide those services, including our principal and school counselor. The Tier 3 intervention is mainly used through SIT when we are looking at placing the child in special education. Usually the special education teacher or myself do the Tier 3 intervention. One of our complaints or questions that we have had with this program is what to do when there are various groups and some of the paras/teachers that teach those groups are absent. If there are any suggestions on what to do with those groups, that would be great!
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Old 05-17-2008, 02:25 PM
 
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Our school has been using the RTI model this year. In some ways I really see the difference and progress kids are making with more individual attention. We will be re testing in the next few weeks, both DRA and Dibels and hope to analyze that data to see the progress kids have made. Scheduling this(RTI) is very difficult and as someone said, when staff is absent there is difficulty. Our staff of 6 paras will try to take an extra child in a group to cover for someone or the lit coach will take a group to compensate.
At this time of year I believe that children should be able to sit and read at some level for 15 minutes independently and could stay in their classroom if their RTI teacher is absent. Maybe not in kindergarten but in first or second grade. This is one objective I have from the outstart.... I have a bucket of just right books available at all times in the classroom so that if I am conferencing, dibeling or whatever, the kids have learned to sit and practice their reading. Practice is the operative word...they have to learn how to "practice."

Teaching this skill has paid off on many occasions.
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