RTI Strategies for Writing

Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

In this lesson, teachers will learn about Response to Intervention, or RTI, as it pertains to writing instruction. A list of helpful RTI strategies for writing is included.

Response to Intervention: A Brief Overview

Response to Intervention (RTI) is an approach to addressing the wide variety of struggling students within any given classroom. Typically, the entire class is assessed at the beginning of the school year in what is commonly referred to as a universal screening. This assessment serves as a starting point and provides valuable feedback about students' knowledge and abilities. This data allows teachers and other staff members to make more informed instructional decisions.

One of the basic tenets of RTI is that students need to be re-evaluated often in order to assess their progress. Additionally, RTI focuses on research-based teaching practices. The ultimate goal of RTI is to identify struggling students early and get them the support they need to succeed.

The Three Tiers

RTI is typically provided within a three-tier framework. Tier one instruction is provided to all students with differentiation naturally built in. Students who do not respond to tier one instruction move to tier two, which is more tailored to students' individual needs. Finally, tier three provides highly intense, individualized instructional support.

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