## Thursday, September 26, 2013

### RTI Notebook

I'm thrilled that for the first time ever, I feel organized with RTI.  We've been implementing it for years, but it's taken me a LONG time to find my rhythm!  I've tried out all kinds of different strategies to find a way to keep my head above water, and I think I finally found the system that works for me.

Next week will be my fourth week of official RTI.  I started with two addition groups, and several of my students have already met their addition goals, so as of next week, I'll have two math RTI groups. One group will focus on subtraction, and the other group will continue working on addition.  All of my students in the addition group will eventually need to focus on subtraction, but we're only focusing on one skill at a time.  Once they meet their addition goal, they'll start subtraction. It will be several weeks before I give a universal screening on multiplication, since I'm just beginning that unit.

I keep all of my lesson plans, notes, and data in a three-ring binder.

I've divided the front portion of the binder into four sections: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  (Thankfully, I didn't need a place value section this year.)  I keep my addition notes and lessons plans in the addition section, and now that I'm getting ready to start subtraction, I'll begin adding information to that section soon.

This is where I keep my RTI lessons and notes.  I record the date, activities or specific strategy taught, and I make notes and observations.  It's been very interesting to discover common error patterns with my students, and I've been careful to record those as well. I keep a separate sheet for each of my math RTI groups, so the top of each sheet is labeled with the students name, RTI concept, and standard.

I also have a page divider with a pocket for each student I am working with.  In the pocket, I keep all of the student's CBMs and their progress monitoring graph.  I give one CBM a week and have my students graph their results.
It's been rewarding to see several my students make great progress over the last few weeks, but it's also raised a red flag for a few of my students.  I've always known when a student was having trouble, but there's just something to having that visual right there in front of me.  I've loved having the graphs and assessments at parent conferences and RTI meetings, because it's consistent and objective data.

My biggest concern is the possibility of needing three RTI groups.  I worry that I'll end up with a couple students on addition, a couple on subtraction, and a few on multiplication.  I can manage two groups, but I'm not so sure about three.  How do you (or would you) handle that?

The page dividers aren't in my RTI packet, so I've added them here for you to grab!
Just click on the picture below for the dividers.

You can check out the whole file with the link on the picture below.

Diana said...

These are great! My school is just beginning RTI. It'll be nice to be organized from the beginning. I would definitely be interested in an ELA version!
Thanks for all you do!