Tuesday, October 16, 2012

RTI Gets the Ball Rolling

Once you implement RTI (Response to Intervention), you will never look at the school schedule in the same way.

The knowledge and tech tools available today point us in the direction of greater targeted work when it comes to individual, small group and large group learning.

No longer will you be satisfied with learning endeavors that are not targeted towards achievement in specific and thoughtful ways--instead, you'll begin carefully choreographing a schedule that builds in all the important components to an optimal learning schedule. You will embrace the mindset that every child is capable of learning, and you'll seek out ways to build success for every learner--ways that include changing the environment, research, infusion of technology and more.

What are the components that create an optimal learning schedule?

Simply, the components include current standards, students' individual academic needs, 21st century skills: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication, and students' interests and passions.

These changes will squeeze out old one-size-fits-all systems and call for new ways to schedule and plan for the year, arrange the learning environment and target students' needs and interests. Efficient collaboration will be necessary, and time for that collaboration critical.  Families will become an essential part of the equation as will social media networks and tools.

RTI gets the ball rolling towards greater individualized, responsive and engaging learning--now we have to figure out how to change old systems to make this happen with strength and success.  What do you suggest?