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Response to Intervention | RTI | RTI Resources | Intervention Central Sample Items and Performance Tasks Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments. The sample items and performance tasks are intended to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and preparing for next-generation assessments. They provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system. While the items and tasks are not intended to be used as sample tests, educators can use them to begin planning the shifts in instruction that will be required to help students meet the demands of the new assessments. The sample items and tasks can be viewed by grade band (grades 3-5, 6-8, and high school) or content focus. In the coming months, additional items and performance tasks will be made available. Using the Sample Items and Tasks

Communicate with Students Through Technology By Sarah Brown Wessling Found In: teaching strategies It’s never been about the newest technology – a printing press, a computer, an app – but it has always been about the creative ways in which teachers use technology to meet learners’ needs. The challenge is in choosing the right tool for the task. Giving Feedback I’ve been avoiding red pens since my first day of teaching. Individual Podcasts—When I want to start a conversation with students about their writing, I create individual podcasts. Going Google When it comes to the tool my colleagues and I can’t live without, it’s Google. GoogleDocs—Not only is GoogleDocs a great way to go paperless in the classroom, it also offers a fantastic comment feature that allows teachers to respond to one another’s work. Web 2.0 for Thinking 101 My Delicious account is saturated with the Web 2.0 tools I find. Animoto—I love film projects but not the production time (downloading footage, editing, etc.). About the Author

Current Practice Alerts TeachingLD links visitors to these resources because they provide reliable information and are relevant for teachers of students with learning disabilities. Check here often for new information. Current Practice Alerts The Alerts series is a joint initiative sponsored by the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) and the Division for Research (DR), two divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children. Alerts provide timely and informed judgments regarding professional practices in the field. Learn more about the Alerts initiative and the instructional practices that have been examined so far. Expert Connection In the Expert Connection part of the site, TeachingLD provides answers to common questions about teaching students with learning disabilities. Teaching Tutorials TeachingLD's on-line tutorials feature instructional strategies and practices proven to be effective for students with learning disabilities. Hot Sheets Learning Disabilities Research & Practice

RTI Forms and Checklists Featured Term Universal Screening A quick check of all students’ current levels of performance in a content or skill area. This is administered three times per year. More Terms » Support RTI Become a Friend of the RTI Action Network The RTI Action Network is a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Make a donation today! Treatment Integrity Protocols Joseph Kovaleski of Indiana University in Pennsylvania has assembled a collection of available treatment integrity protocols. Fidelity Checklists The RtI Implementation Rubrics The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has developed a set of fidelity tools to improve outcomes for students in Colorado and to support a scaling up of effective practices across the state. Beliefs and Perceptions of RTI Skills Surveys Self-report surveys have been developed to assess staff beliefs and perceptions that the staff has about their skills in relation to implementation of an RTI model. Determining Our Language of Collaboration Tool

Social Media Made Simple By Emma Chadband Found In: advice & support Thanks to physics teacher Michelle Gould Burgess’ seamless integration of social media into her lesson plans, her students are busy launching marbles out of a catapult instead of listening to a lecture. For last night’s homework, they read Gould Burgess’ blog, watched her lectures via podcast— including a “bonus trigonometry podcast”—and they’ve stored their assignments in Google Docs. Gould Burgess teaches in a “flipped classroom,” so her students complete their “lower-level thinking” for homework, and engage in “higher-level thinking,” like the marble and catapult lab, in the classroom. Gould Burgess said her system is especially helpful because students have no excuse not to do their homework. The blog/podcast system is useful for classwork as well, she says, because if she’s helping one student and another needs her, she can refer them back to the specific part of her podcast that will help them. Busy Work Gets Easier Getting Started

Timez Attack - Learn Multiplication There are a lot of computer games out there for kids of all ages. Most of those games offer nothing more than mindless activity, while other games at the very least add puzzles or other brain-teasers into the mix. However, the folks over at Big Brainz have developed an innovative new way to teach kids multiplication facts through adventure gaming. The idea of multiplication or math games is nothing new. In fact, math games have been around for almost as long as computers have been in the home and in the school. As early as the 1990s, you could find math games on computer systems in many of the more progressive schools across the world. However, Big Brainz has taken the concept of math games to a whole new level with a creative game called Timez Attack. Starting a New Game The first step when you install and launch the game is to create a name for that game. Multiplication or Division The next step is to choose what game type you want to play. Finding Challenges Choosing a Grade Level

Modeling Positive Behavior in the Classroom By Sheila Kohl Found In: teaching strategies Teachers are role models for their students all day, every day, so I take my actions and behavior very seriously. Show Respect I model respect to my students by listening to them and showing them that I care about things that are important to them. Think Out Loud To demonstrate how to think through a problem, I think out loud. Sometimes, I ask students to help me come up with a lesson idea. Show My Human Side To show students that their skills and interests, as well as academics, are valued, I ask them about different aspects of their lives. Being a role model can be daunting—our students are observing us all the time—but it is also a wonderful opportunity to show students a positive way of looking at themselves. Related Link Powerful Role Models: Seven Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Children Written for parents but also applicable for teachers. About the Author

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