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Old 08-22-2021, 05:34 PM
 
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Let me first say that I understand why we do intervention and how it helps students. I don't have a problem with that at all. BUT - this year, my principal has repeatedly stated that during intervention times - of which there are 3 30-minute blocks: 2 for reading/phonics and 1 for math - that kids who are on-level or above need to be with aides because our struggling students DESERVE a fully qualified teacher. [Which is IMO an odd thing to say when our school has hired non-licensed teachers for full-time teaching positions while they attend school and work towards their degree/certification, but that's a subject for a different post.]

For example, we have a WONDERFUL woman who runs our volunteer program. In years past, she would train the volunteers and provide all the necessary materials for each volunteer to work one-on-one with a struggling student for 30 minutes. I've always sent those students who are somewhat struggling, because this program has helped so many students get back on track and often back to grade-level. [This is also what most if not all teachers did in the past as well.] Now, I'm being told I can only send my 'high' kids to do book studies with them.

While I do understand where she's coming from, it really does rub me the wrong way. For one thing - I cannot provide the same individualized instruction that students could be receiving from the volunteers. There isn't enough time in a day or even a week to give each struggling student 30 minutes of one-on-one instruction. Additionally, it really frustrates and upsets me because to me, it comes across as "the high students don't deserve to have the same access to their teacher as a struggling student".


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I get it. We had actual reading interventionists but they were the first to go when numbers weren't high enough and so we all got saddled with an intervention class, which broke up a smaller class of mine. I am not a reading interventionist or specialist. I actually hate teaching tier 2 and 3 reading to middle grades kids. My only training was some videos...
Intervention needs to be rethought.
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That's the philosophy in intervention. The most struggling kids should be taught by the most qualified people. However, that is interpreted to mean classroom teachers, but that is not necessarily so. The title 1 staff at my school are much more qualified/experienced than me in teaching certain things as they do it all the time, but I typically rarely do at my grade. I'm very good at enrichment math type activities and many have very little experience with that.
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Old 08-23-2021, 04:37 AM
 
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I totally get it. We focus so much on the struggling kids and the bubble kids we forget about the kids at/above grade level and then admin is shocked when they start to struggle and fall behind. You canít just ignore them and expect them to continue to grow. They also need attention and support.
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Can you group your intervention students and maybe some of the students from the low end of your middle group so you are using your time wisely?


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Old 08-24-2021, 02:44 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. I agree that struggling students need more attention and better teachers, but that doesn't mean at/above level students don't. At least in my area, teachers are judged not only on how they help struggling students improve, but also on how the other students have improved too.

I don't know numbers yet in terms of how many students will be pulled out to work with aides, but I'm going to try and allocate as best I can with my students.
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