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Bridging the Way Back Into RTI Tier I

bridging the way back into Tier I in RTI

On this RTI journey, we have learned a lot of things.  We meet as a committee after each cycle to decide whether students have made enough progress to move back into the classroom for Tier I instruction.  Sometimes that decision is clear and an easy one to make...sometimes not so much.  

If the student has made good progress in Tier II, scored well on the our reading assessment (DRA 2), and is performing in the classroom we want them to go back into Tier I.  But sometimes our committee has difficulty removing RTI supports from students because they do not want them to slide back into needing more help.  

This year, we have begun a program I call Bridge Kids.  Bridge Kids provides a "bridge" back into the classroom, but still continuing some of the supports of RTI.  A few times a week during RTI, the classroom teacher provides instruction for the bridge kids in the areas they are working to improve.  For example fluency.  Then once a month, instead of the Tier II and III once a week, I provide an assessment for the Bridge Kids to take to monitor their progress.  I try to provide as much as I can to lessen the load of the classroom teacher, but still provide the student with SOME support.  As Bridge Kids improve, they will be moved on to the next skill.  If they are not improving, I will meet with the teacher to decide what we need to make adjustments in...different teaching methods, change the intervention, increase the time, etc...  This is going to really help our students that were on the bubble of being able to handle having less support!

How to organize and graph RTI data


fun sight word activity

We've been having fun with our sight words!  You may remember seeing this game in the past with hiding a monster.  This month we played Where Are the Hearts?  Hearts or whatever monthly picture you want to use are hidden behind sight word cards.  Students choose a word they can read & lift the card to see if the hidden heart is behind it.  They love this game!


RTI Reading Intervention Lesson Plans and Resources

Both of my RTI groups are off to a good start.  We are a week into it and showing progress.  Here are the resources pictured above.  Click on the pictures to be taken to the resources.

CVC word work intervention binder for RTI

blends and digraphs activities

open syllable multisyllabic word activities







Infer & CVC Interventions

Using an inference anchor chart to teach inferring

Infer...isn't this skill hard for some of our students?  I know some of mine struggle with it.  So we created an anchor chart with visuals to help us understand what the author sometimes doesn't tell us but wants us to be able to figure it out.

How to teach inferences

There are a lot of books that can be used to teach students how to infer.  I really like both of these books, plus the stories are engaging for the students.  My students always get so upset with the way the farmer treats Duck in Farmer Duck!  I love their hearts when they feel so badly for him!  

After practicing with read alouds, students are then ready to begin applying this skill in small group reading with their guided reading books.  


Another skill some of my students are working on is the cvc pattern.  RTI has started again for the second cycle and this resource can be very helpful for that.


It is a No Prep- Print & Go!  Print the charts and place them into binders.  Students use the linking charts to build sound knowledge of the short vowels.  Then they move from individual sounds to scooping chunks.  I like for students to get past individual sounds into being able to see and read chunks as soon as they can.


There are a lot of different activities for them to practice with to build automaticity and fluency.  Just add in some fun pointers!


With this resource, students move into applying their skills to sentences and using punctuation to boost comprehension to paragraph reading and comprehension.  Isolation of skills needs to be moved into application to be sure students really have it!  You can click here or on any of the pictures to check out this CVC Intervention Binder!

CVC Intervention Binder for RTI



Easiest Parent Communication Ever!

Parent Communication with Seesaw app

I like to communicate with the parents of my students.  I think it is important to the students' success.  But I have a lot of students.  Parents are busy.  Notes don't always make their way home.  Then I discovered Seesaw!  Game changer!

Parent Communication with Seesaw app

Because of the number of students that I have, I need something that is easy and not time consuming.  If it takes lots of time to set up or use, I won't use it.  But Seesaw is unbelievably easy and quick to use!  I am  not kidding.  I downloaded the free app and set up my class lists.  Then I was ready to start uploading student work and pictures to share with parents.

Parent Communication with Seesaw app

Not only can I quickly share student work and pictures, but I can share notes.  No more standing at the copier making copies.  No more hoping the notes make it home.  I created a welcome note to introduce Seesaw to the parents, saved it and uploaded it for all my students.  Done!  A welcome note to start off, along with some pictures of students in action and student work is a great way to start using this app.

After you have everything set up and items in each student's journal, copy the parent note to send home.  The note explains Seesaw to parent, how to download the free parent app, and includes a qr code for the parent to scan with their phone so they can have access to their child's work.  

Parent Communication with Seesaw app

I keep most of my students' work in their Reader's Notebooks at school so snapping a picture is a great way to share their hard work and progress with parents and still keep the work at school.

Parent Communication with Seesaw app

I LOVE this feature!!  You just click on the green checkmark and you have these options for sharing.  

Parent Communication with Seesaw app

It took me no time at all to record my students today practicing their fluency by choosing video.  I recorded each student and immediately loaded it to their journal.  Parents can then see and hear the items you have placed in the journal.  You can choose who sees the items.  For the welcome note, I chose everyone can view.  Group pictures can be placed in journals for the students included in the shot.  Individual pictures, videos, and work go into individual journals to be seen only by parents or those approved by you. 

Another great feature of this app is the like and comment section.  Kind of like on Facebook, parents can like the items and they can leave comments for their child or the teacher.  Great ways to build up the students and to communicate back and forth!!  A parent told me today that she was so glad that I found this app because she loves it!



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