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Response to Intervention in Math

Response to Intervention in Math

March 2010 | 168 pages | Corwin
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a relatively new system for assessment and instruction that has promising potential for teaching mathematics. This book presents a discussion about RTI in mathematics and offers guidelines for teachers responsible for the planning, designing, and delivering of mathematics instructional programmes that reach all students.

Each chapter begins with a brief description of how RTI can be implemented in various areas of maths and presents multiple examples of RTI procedures that are illustrated by various case studies. Guidelines in each chapter address common concerns and provide suggestions for multiple interventions related to the specific maths areas.

The authors explain the need for effective interventions and include:

- The types of interventions that are appropriate within an RTI system for mathematics

- Intervention examples in the context of small group instruction

- A call for increased research

About the Authors
1. What Is RTI, and Why Is It Important?
Overview of RTI

Key Research Support for RTI and Mathematics


2. The RTI Process for Math: Getting Started
Selection of the RTI Team Members

Belief System

Common Models of Implementation


Importance of the Core Mathematics Program


3. A Tiered Approach to More Effective Mathematics Instruction
Tier 1 Instruction and Curriculum

Tier 2 Intervention and Curriculum

Tier 3 Instruction and Curriculum


4. Mathematics Interventions Overview
Who Needs Intervention?

What Do I Teach for the Intervention?

Who Should Intervene?


How Long?

How Do I Organize My Curriculum?

What Types of Curricular Strategies Should Be Used for Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interventions?


5. Number Sense and Initial Math Skills
Assessments of Number Sense

Instructional Delivery of Number Sense

Curricular Elements of a Number Sense Intervention

In Context


6. Building Students' Proficiency With Whole Numbers
Importance of Proficiency in Whole Numbers

General Recommendations for Building Proficiency

Building Automatic Recall of Basic Facts With the Mastering Math Facts Program

Building Proficiency With Whole Numbers Through PALS Math


7. Fractions and Decimals
Fractions in the Standards

Assessment for Fractions and Decimals

When Are Calculators Sufficient?

Teaching the "What" With Fractions and Decimals

Teaching the "How to Compute" With Fractions and Decimals

Teaching Fluency With Fractions and Decimals

In Context


8. Teaching Problem Solving Strategically
Problem-Solving Programs


9. The Importance of Teaching Mathematical Vocabulary
The Importance of Teaching Mathematical Vocabulary

Instructional Activities to Promote Learning of Essential Mathematical Vocabulary

Assessing Students' Knowledge of Mathematical Vocabulary


10. Next Steps in the RTI Process
Professional Development

Reconsidering the Tier 1 Mathematics Curriculum

Why Is This Important for Educators Implementing an RTI Math Model?

An Alternative Approach: A Two Tier 1 Core Mathematics Program



"Does a great job of blending ideas from mathematics education and the National Mathematics Panel Report with special education research. A great resource for those starting an RTI mathematics program."

Russell Gersten, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon
Director, Instructional Research Group

"Finally, a scholarly and practical text to help administrators and teachers learn about and institute Response to Intervention in math! Riccomini and Witzel have assembled a straightforward, well-organized, and systematically presented text that will be popular with inservice and preservice teachers alike. It is easy to follow and not overwhelming. As a teacher educator, I am always searching for a text that has utility for later use, and this is such a book! This is one of those rare textbooks that teachers will use long after their course on effective instruction."

Kimberly Bright, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Special Education
Shippensburg University

"The most comprehensive RTI book for mathematics that I have seen to date. The importance of choosing a research-based, effective, balanced core program cannot be overstated. By following the guidelines in this book, districts can make good, sound decisions."

Shelly Kelly, Math Instructional Coach
Great Falls Public Schools, MT

"This book hits the right balance between being practical and research driven. It provides scientific, research-based instruction in mathematics, show that RTI can focus on more than just reading. It's a tour de force!"

Kathy Durbin, Student Services Director
Lancaster County School District, SC

"This book is well written and well organized. I found the list of web sites for math programs and interventions of great use. I highly recommend Response to Intervention in Math."

Joseph C. Ciechalski
Teaching Children Mathematics magazine, February 2011

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