RTI Tier 1 Interventions List

Instructor: Amanda Wiesner-Groff

Amanda has created and taught English/ESL curricula worldwide, has an M.Ed, and is the current ESOL Coordinator for the Saint Louis Public School District.

RTI, or Response to Intervention, can help to identify and provide support for students with academic or behavioral struggles. This lesson will provide some background information on RTI, as well as some intervention strategies for students in Tier 1 of the RTI process.

What is RTI?

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered, early intervention approach aimed at supporting learners who struggle academically or behaviorally. This three-tier approach is used in order to successfully differentiate instruction for all students. The goal of RTI is to get students on the right path for success in school. The ongoing collection and analysis of data during the RTI process is used to examine students' progress and get a better understanding of which tier will best suit his or her academic and behavioral needs.

This lesson will focus on intervention strategies within Tier 1 of RTI.

RTI: Tier 1 Instruction

As a teacher, it is important to base your instructional methods upon the needs and learning styles of your students. Intricate planning must be made in order to provide high-quality, research-based instruction within the classroom. Within Tier 1, you will want to utilize interventions and instructional strategies that teach students the skills and functions he or she will need to successfully master the academic content being taught.

A majority of students will fall into the Tier 1 category. According to the RTI Action Network, you must be able to provide high-quality, research-based instruction that ensures any difficulties students have are not a result of inadequate instruction. Your role within RTI, including RTI Tier 1, is crucial for student success. That being said, let's get started!

Intervention Strategies

Below, you will find intervention strategies within four different categories: instructional, behavioral, time management, and assessment.


  • Provide a set classroom structure and routine.
  • Give clear lesson objections.
  • Explain and discuss instructions clearly; ask students to recall instructions.
  • Use multi-modal methods of delivering information (visual, hands-on, and auditory).
  • Use a calm tone, initiate eye contact, and implement non-verbal cues.

You want to create an encouraging and supportive learning environment for your students. You will want students to know what to expect, and you will want them to be on the same page as yourself while instruction is taking place. Make sure to check in with students often so you can clarify or re-explain anything that may not be understood. The more students know what to expect, the more they will be able to stay on task and align themselves with the classroom routine.


  • Give clear behavioral guidelines.
  • Teach students to monitor their own behavior.
  • Use visual cues, or gestures, to get students back on track with minimal interruption or distraction.
  • Utilize praise, and acknowledge positive behavior.
  • Practice and model calming techniques that students can use.

The more positive redirection and connection you can have with your students the better. Clear expectations and consequences let students know what they should be doing and what will happen if they veer off-task. Gentle reminders and visual cues help draw students' attention back to you, without creating distraction to other students. Modeling calming techniques, social skills, and conflict management will help students develop the functions needed to handle situations in which they become distracted, agitated, or frustrated. Focusing on positive and desired behavior allows students to see what they are doing right, rather than what they are doing wrong.

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