4. RTI Success

According to the St. Petersburg Times (Feb 28, 2010), there is
a national movement taking place to change the ways struggling students are helped. It partly because of the over-identification of learning disabled pupils and partly because many non-disabled children must improve basic skills.

“ST. PETERSBURG — Every day, when the synchronized clocks at Woodlawn Elementary hit 10:15 a.m., 80 first-graders fan out from their classrooms to 17 spots around the school.

For the next 30 minutes, some will work with other classroom teachers, some with part-time teachers, some with reading specialists. Some will be in groups of two or three, stringing letter sounds into words. Some will be in larger groups, putting together PowerPoints.”

The program makes use of RTI. The children at Woodlawn get individual attention according to their needs rather than adjusting to standard teaching practices. Teachers report success and the kids like it.

Not everyone is happy with the RTI approach but it shows promise. It takes good organization and preparation. Teachers must learn new instructional roles.

[http://www.tampabay.com/news/13-pinellas-pasco-schools-use-pilot-program-to-help-struggling-students/1076450]

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