Mastering Small Groups and RTI

by | Jun 13, 2024


Small group instruction and Response to Intervention (RTI) are pivotal in addressing the needs of struggling readers. This article will explore how to implement these strategies effectively, offering detailed lesson plans and intervention resources.

Small Group Instruction Small group instruction allows for targeted support, addressing specific skill gaps. Here’s how to set it up:

Grouping Students:

    • Use assessment data to group students with similar needs.
    • Keep groups small, ideally 3-6 students, to allow for individualized attention.

Planning Lessons:

    • Focus on one or two skills per session.
    • Use multi-sensory approaches to cater to different learning styles.

Sample Small Group Lesson Plan:

    • Objective: Improve decoding skills by practicing CVC words.
    • Materials: CVC word cards, whiteboards, markers.
    • Activities:
      1. Warm-Up (5 minutes): Quick review of previously learned sounds.
      2. Direct Instruction (10 minutes): Teach new CVC words using word cards.
      3. Guided Practice (10 minutes): Students practice writing and reading CVC words on whiteboards.
      4. Application (5 minutes): Students read a short passage containing CVC words.

Response to Intervention (RTI) RTI is a multi-tiered approach to early identification and support:

  1. Tier 1: High-quality classroom instruction.
  2. Tier 2: Targeted interventions in small groups.
  3. Tier 3: Intensive, individualized support.

Implementing RTI:

  • Progress Monitoring: Regularly assess students to track progress and adjust interventions.
  • Data Analysis: Use data to inform instruction and intervention strategies.

Resources for RTI:

  • Websites: Intervention Central offers RTI tools and resources.
  • Books: “RTI in the Classroom” by Rachel Brown-Chidsey and Mark W. Steege provides practical guidance.