Using Assessment Data to Intensify Instruction

What would happen if educators decided to take a deeper look at their assessment data to drive future instructional lesson plans?  Students are required to take multiple assessments – both formal and informal – throughout the school year to help teachers to gauge their students’ content knowledge and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.  These assessments yield a variety of data to be disaggregated, but many teachers look only at the overall pass rate instead of individual student data to determine how to remediate areas of concern. This is very unfortunate, as disaggregating data can inform lesson planning for intentional intensive instruction for struggling learners and students with disabilities (SWD). [Read more…]

National Center on Intensive Intervention Resources: Intensive Intervention

Do you want to know how to “close skill gaps” or how to “intensify instruction” for students with disabilities?  If you do, the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) is a wonderful resource to use!  NCII features the data-based individualization (DBI) research-based process to intensify Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions using the following model:

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Making the Most of Your Time: Teacher Tips for Reducing Minor Infractions and Maximizing Instruction

By LaShauna Britt, M.Ed., Daria Lorio-Barsten, M.Ed., and Kara McCulloch, M.S.

Educators are focused on meeting the individual needs of each student. With classrooms filled to capacity and the pace of instruction continuing to quicken, every minute counts. The emphasis on maximizing instruction leaves no time for even minor infractions that may take away from student learning. [Read more…]

Maximizing Instructional Time through Structured Conversations

Every school year teachers ask themselves, “How can I create a class where students collaborate with one another as well as with me?” The answer to this question is cooperative learning. [Read more…]