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    Re: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3
    Posted by: newbie on 5/17/09
    (20) Comments

    On 5/16/09, Kinder Gal wrote:
    > I had a feeling that is what the 3 tiers were about. What you
    > just wrote perfectly described this past year. What a
    > nightmare! In our RF program, we had 90 minutes of direct
    > instruction which began with a warm up activity
    > (rhyme/song/poem) daily oral language, phonemic awareness,
    > phonics, high frequency words (fluency) comprehension, robust
    > vocab and writing. The writing was not a part of the 90 minute
    > program, but squished in somewhere in the day. The 30 minute
    > groupings were also squished in somewhere in the day between
    > speech kids going out (my speech kids were the intensive kids)
    > and other specials. Scheduling this past year was a nightmare
    > and I look for next year to be just as intense as this year
    > was. I feel like I didn't get to my top kids at all. When
    > putting kids into their various learning groups, I seemed to
    > spend more time dealing with "outside issues" and maintaining
    > some semblance of teaching tolerance and coping with others than
    > teaching reading skills.
    >
    > Thanks for your input. Enjoy your summer!
    >
    > On 5/15/09, emma wrote:
    >> On 5/15/09, Kinder Gal wrote:
    >>> Pleae, someone please explain the three Tiers that I've
    >>> been hearing about. How does this fit into DIBELS,
    >>> AIMSweb, and reading skils? Is Tier 1 the same as
    >>> strategic?
    >>
    >>
    >> Tier 1 is your Core Reading Program in which you (at least at
    >> my RF school)spend 90 minutes teaching to the entire class.
    >> 30-40 min. are spent teaching whole group reading skills and
    >> strategies from the Basal or Core program. Another 45 minutes
    >> is spent teaching small groups and having literacy stations
    >> going at the same time you have small group instruction. It
    >> is a real juggling act but is a must at RF schools. Tier 2 is
    >> a 30 minute time set aside to teach your struggling readers
    >> who are classified as Strategic and Intensive. I have an
    >> aide (interventionist) to help me at this time or it would be
    >> almost impossible to get to all the children that I need to
    >> focus on. While Tier 2 is going on, Benchmark readers are
    >> going to literacy stations at their level-- another juggling
    >> act and prep nightmare! Tier 3 refers to the 30 minutes set
    >> aside to help the really struggling, at-risk, readers in an
    >> intense tutoring time by the interventionists. DIBELS is our
    >> reading test we use to see where the children are in their
    >> fluency and what areas we need to focus on to get them
    >> reading well. We have to progress monitor our Benchmark kids
    >> once a month, our Strategic kids every 2 wks., and our
    >> Intensive kids once a week. So much testing and prep but it
    >> has brought our schools reading levels up. The only problem
    >> is that the teachers are exhausted, stressed, and we don't
    >> seem to have as much fun in teaching. I feel there's got to
    >> be a middle ground somehow. I like the Tier system a lot but
    >> I hate the prep and the organizational nightmare of so many
    >> literacy stations. It has gotten rid of a few teachers who
    >> were lazy and incompetent but not all of them. Personally, I
    >> can't wait for the pressure of being an RF school to lighten
    >> up.

    Our school will be starting this in the fall. I was wondering how
    do your lesson plans look with so much going on? Is reading
    intervention time a plan book all by itself?


    Posts on this thread, including this one

  • Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, 5/15/09, by Kinder Gal.
  • Re: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, 5/15/09, by emma.
  • Re: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, 5/16/09, by Kinder Gal.
  • Re: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, 5/17/09, by :-) wait til your district demands the "math workshop model.
  • Re: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, 5/17/09, by newbie.
  • Re: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, 5/17/09, by Kinder Gal.
  • Re: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, 5/17/09, by Kinder Gal.
  • Re: Getting to your top kids, 5/19/09, by paulaj.
  • Re: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, 5/20/09, by emma.
  • Re: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, 5/21/09, by Kinder Gal.
  • Re: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, 5/24/09, by Close the door and teach!.
  • Re: To "Close the Door and Teach!", 7/01/09, by emma.
  • Re: To "Close the Door and Teach!", 7/01/09, by I have to laugh.
  • Re: To "Close the Door and Teach!", 7/01/09, by Kinder Gal.
  • Re: To "Close the Door and Teach!", 7/01/09, by Teach...Oh my gosh! I taught in an "open" classroom years .
  • Re: wait til your district demands the "math workshop model wrot, 10/14/09, by ~~~~~~ ours has ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.
  • Re: wait til your district demands the "math workshop model , 10/18/09, by GO AWAY, RTI & NCLB & Dibels!!!!!!!.
  • Re: wait til your district demands the "math workshop model , 10/20/09, by Amen to that!.
  • Re: wait til your district demands the "math workshop model , 10/20/09, by Kinder Gal.
  • Re: wait til your district demands the "math workshop model , 3/03/10, by Math Gal.