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Response to Intervention

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A little story...
A lovely young mother asked her fourth-grade son about his school day. He answered with short responses. Finally, the mother just listened. The son then asked, "Why doesn't my teacher like me?"

Stunned, his mother probed further, "Why do you think she doesn't like you?

"Because it seems like I am always in trouble. The teacher puts my name on the board and I have to stay after school," he responded.

His mother looked at him in disbelief. The year before, in third grade, her son was reading well because the teacher adjusted instruction to meet students' needs. "You know you do learn a little differently," his mother said. "I will talk with the teacher."

When she attended a parent meeting, she spoke briefly with the teacher, whose only solution was to refer her son for special education services. She learned that there were five other fourth-grade boys who also were referred. By the end of fourth grade, these boys had been placed in a pull-out special education class.
In fifth grade, these same boys became very good readers as the special education teacher and regular education teacher collaborated on an instructional program.

The mother's hopes rallied. In the parent meeting, she learned that the classroom teacher taught from a "making sense" framework. He continually asked his students if what they were reading was making sense. The mother was pleased, yet she wanted more for her son.

By sixth grade, these boys were reading only one story behind the regular class in a basal reader. At her son's team meeting, the mother asked that her son read and discuss the classroom story with the rest of his classmates. This never occurred. These boys remained in the special education classroom reading one story behind their classmates. The fourth- and sixth-grade teachers believed students with learning disabilities demanded radical changes in instruction.

Response to Intervention (RTI) asks teachers to create instructional adjustments for diverse learners in all school settings. Viewed positively, RTI can be a vehicle to help schools be more responsive to diverse learners. RTI encourages teachers and specialists to design appropriate instruction, monitor student progress and adapt instruction to meet the challenges of all students.

What is RTI?
RTI has two main goals: 1) to identify instructional alternatives that will support learning; and 2) to monitor progress as instructional adjustments are made. By providing intensive, research-based practices school-wide by monitoring students' response, RTI offers an opportunity to reduce the number of students referred for special education services.

WMS believes these benefits could enhance learning for all students.


Reading Interventions
At Wachter Middle School we provide three interventions for reading.

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Click here to learn about Read Naturally

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Math Interventions

At Wachter Middle School we provide three interventions for math.

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Math Strategies is a course that is designed to help students who are below grade level in the math skills.

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Click here to learn more about Trans Math

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Positive Behavior Supports

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PBS is a collaborative, assessment based approach to developing effective interventions for problem behavior. The program emphasizes the use of proactive, educative, and reinforcement-based strategies to achieve meaningful and durable behavior and lifestyle outcomes.

The aim of Positive Behavior Support is to build effective environments in which positive behavior is more effective than problem behavior.

PBIS Informational Brochure (pdf document)
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Positive Behavior Expectations Matrix (pdf document)
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The matrix provides students, staff, and parents with behavior expectations at Wachter Middle School.

Classroom Behavior Plan (pdf document)
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The Classroom Behavior Plan outlines the expectations of classroom behavior management.

Major vs Minor Discipline Document (pdf document)
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The Major vs Minor document outlines for students, staff, and parents minor discipline issues versus major discipline issues and the process to resolve each issue.

Click here to view videos about PBIS

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Parent Tools

PBS as it relates to Families

Response to Intervention :A Primer for Parents

Teacher Tools

Intervention Central

RTI Teaching Techniques

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