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55 Tactics for Implementing RTI in Inclusive Settings

55 Tactics for Implementing RTI in Inclusive Settings

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January 2010 | 216 pages | Corwin
As students with disabilities and learning differences are included in general education settings in greater numbers, educators need easy and simple access to authentic information about effective teaching. This resource provides all teachers, regardless of level, experience, or area of specialization, with effective instructional strategies for students with/without disabilities and across grade levels and content areas.

Drawing from evidenced-based models of instruction, 55 Tactics for Teaching Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings is organized around four components of instruction—planning, managing, delivering, and evaluating—and allows teachers to respond to instructional diversity by using classroom-tested tactics backed by relevant research. Readers will also find:

- A reproducible checklist of accommodations/modifications

- A worksheet for planning and implementing accommodations/modifications

- References and additional readings

- A list of selected Internet resources for accommodations/modifications

This is the third volume of a collection of practices for use at the elementary level, at the secondary level, and practices designed specifically for teaching students with disabilities.

Also see:

63 Tactics for Teaching Diverse Learners, Grades 6-12

63 Tactics for Teaching Diverse Learners, K-6

About the Authors
Part I. Planning Instruction
1. Decide What to Teach
Assess to Identify Gaps in Performance  
Establish Logical Sequences of Instruction  
Consider Contextual Variables  
2. Decide How to Teach
Set Instructional Goals/Establish Performance Standards  
Choose Instructional Methods and Materials  
Establish Grouping Structures  
Pace Instruction Appropriately  
Monitor Performance and Replan Instruction  
3. Communicate Realistic Expectations
Teach Goals, Objectives, and Standards  
Teach Students to Be Active, Involved Learners  
Teach Students Consequences of Performance  
Part II. Managing Instruction
4. Prepare for Instruction
Set Classroom Rules/Communicate and Teach Classroom Rules  
Communicate Consequences of Behavior  
Handle Disruptions Efficiently  
Teach Students to Manage Their Own Behavior  
5. Use Time Productively
Establish Routines and Procedures  
Organize Physical Space  
Allocate Sufficient Time to Academic Activities  
6. Establish Positive Environments
Make the Classroom a Pleasant, Friendly Place  
Accept Individual Differences  
Establish Supportive, Cooperative Learning Environments  
Create a Nonthreatening Learning Environment  
Part III. Delivering Instruction
7. Present Information
Gain and Maintain Attention  
Review Prior Skills or Lessons  
Provide Organized, Relevant Lessons  
Show Enthusiasm and Interest  
Use Rewards Effectively  
Consider Level and Student Interest  
Model Thinking Skills  
Teach Fact-Finding Skills  
Teach Divergent Thinking  
Teach Learning Strategies  
Develop Automaticity  
Vary Opportunities for Practice/Vary Methods of Practice  
Monitor Amount of Work Assigned  
8. Monitor Presentations
Give Immediate, Frequent, Explicit Feedback/Provide Specific Praise and Encouragement  
Model Correct Performance  
Provide Prompts and Cues  
Check Student Understanding  
Monitor Performance Regularly/Monitor Performance During Practice  
Use Peers to Improve Instruction  
Provide Opportunities for Success/Limit Opportunities for Failure  
Monitor Engagement Rates  
9. Adjust Presentations
Adapt Lessons to Meet Student Needs  
Provide Varied Instructional Options  
Alter Pace  
Part IV. Evaluating Instruction
10. Monitor Student Understanding
Check Understanding of Directions  
Check Procedural Understanding  
Monitor Student Success Rate  
11. Monitor Engaged Time
Check Student Participation/Teach Students to Monitor Their Own Participation  
12. Keep Records of Student Progress
Teach Students to Chart Their Own Progress  
Regularly Inform Students of Performance  
Maintain Records of Student Performance  
13. Use Data to Make Decisions
Use Student Progress to Make Teaching Decisions  
Use Data to Decide If More Services Are Warranted/Use Student Progress to Decide When to Discontinue Services  
Appendix A: RTI Accommodations/Modifications Checklist
Appendix B: RTI Accommodations/Modifications Worksheet
Appendix C: Documentation of RTI Accomodations/Modifications
Additional Readings
Selected Internet Resources: RTI Accomodations/Modifications

"This exceptionally practical book can make a real difference in every classroom. Educators who follow with intensity the wisdom in this book and apply the specific tactics will ensure success for all students. The authors present a healthy attitude toward educators taking personal responsibility to teach for learning."

Wanda Oden, Assistant Superintendent
Kingman Unified School District No. 20, AZ

"Campbell gives teachers a compass of well-researched tactics to navigate RTI in inclusive classrooms. Teaching diverse learners in inclusive settings can be an overwhelming task. This book is my bible for effectively completing multiple tasks with my students, who often have varying needs."

Tina M. Guard, Graduate Student and Teacher
University of Nevada

"A quick and easy reference for general and special educators. The research-based strategies in this book address challenging classroom situations with ease and effectiveness. The specific examples provide solutions for teachers dealing with a great variety of learning differences. This book provides a valuable resource for any school implementing an RTI model."

Jennifer Collins, Special Education Teacher

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Chapter 1: Decide What to Teach

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