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Sun Sep 25, 2011 17:08

The only problem with RTI (at least in my school), is that, first of all, most of the children are recognized because of test scores and not informal observations. Also, once they are recognized as needing to be placed in a tier, the teacher has to come up with some type of research-based intervention that can then be progress monitored. If I recognize that a child is having problems with fluency rate, I can do timed repeated-readings as the intervention and progress monitor for weeks. However, this doesn't get to the heart of the problem: Why is this child having trouble with fluency?? RTI is great in theory--to take an active approach towards educating all children, but I think that it could really benefit by taking more of the "Inquiry" approach.

  • HT Article- When Assessment is Inquiry - redingerj, Mon Sep 19 11:09
    I found this article interesting because I hadn't considered such formal THINKING before... I can see how "Hypothesis Test" would be so beneficial in trying to figure out a child in whom I have... more
    • Re: HT Article- When Assessment is Inquiry - beasleylm, Wed Sep 28 20:14
      I totally agree with you that there is not enough time in the day or school year to observe all of our children that are struggling. It would be great if we had the opportunity to do that. I see that ... more
    • reply to post - trivettec, Sun Sep 25 17:08
      • Response to Carrie - beasleycm, Sat Oct 1 11:22
        Carrie, I agree with you so much on this issue. It is such a long and drawn out process at my school to try and get help for students. I can spend the entire school year trying different research... more
      • RTI and inqury - koppenhaverd, Mon Sep 26 12:56
        That's a really interesting insight, Carrie. I haven't heard it put quite that way before. It would be interesting to see a less regimented tier placement approach and more teacher-guided,... more
      • reply to Carrie - fayk, Sun Sep 25 22:37
        Hey Carrie! I have not had any experience with RTI until this past week. I was shocked as I sat in our grade level meeting with the RTI team how quickly they wanted to look at my kindergarteners for... more
      • Re: reply to post - redingerj, Sun Sep 25 20:14
        Carrie, I understand what you mean when you say "inquiry" approach. We need to be able to spend more time with HT types of format for RTI- and be able to discuss cases rather than slapping bandaids... more
    • HT thoughts - koppenhaverd, Mon Sep 19 11:17
      One of the lessons I've learned mostly the hard way over the years working with these kids is that the more systematic you are in trying to figure them out, the less often you have to reinvent the... more
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