Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Intervention Block Continued

I posted yesterday about how I run my intervention block. I wanted to share a couple more pictures of what I do when I work with individual/small groups of students during this time. 

I only have about 20-25 minutes to dedicate as my "intervention block". We do this first thing in the morning after morning work. No, I do not check morning work every morning for every student. I have in the past, but I decided early on this year that having a little block of time to work with students one-on-one was what my class needed instead. I also do Guided Reading… another post is coming on that later in the week. :)

Here are a couple of examples of what I do with my kids…

{A Cupcake for the Teacher Sentence Builders}
{The 100 Chart handout was a Freebie and I can't find the original link, so if that's you please let me know. I'd love to give you credit! ;)}

Again, I use any resource I have to reinforce skills/concepts my kiddos are having trouble retaining. I don't do literacy stations in my classroom, but I love using literacy center activities during this time. 

I also like to keep ANYTHING I might need handy at my teacher table. That way, I don't have to go searching for pencils, post-its, sight word cards, etc.

I like to jot down quick notes throughout the week on what I notice is giving my kids trouble. That way, when I go to plan, I have an idea of who I need to pull for what. Each post-it is covering a numbered square because I assign each of my kids numbers. I mostly focus on reading foundational skills and math concepts.

{I use to use these post-its to document behavior until I started using ClassDojo}
If you would like a copy of these pages you can find them here.

I hope this gives you some new ideas to use in your class! Does anyone else do anything similar? I'd love to know how you fit in intervention time with your kiddos!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Intervention Block

I'm stopping by for a quick post to share how I run my intervention block. First off… at my school we are not required to have an official block of time dedicated as an "intervention block". We do, however, have blocks of time that the EIP {Early Intervention Program} teachers pull small groups of kids. After reading Jamie's {2nd Grade Stuff} post on her daily schedule, I knew I had to carve out time for an intervention block to give me a chance to work with kids on specific skills that they are having a little more difficulty grasping. This time also allows me to work with my RTI {Response to Intervention} kiddos. 

Here's what it looks like…

While I work with kids in small groups, or one-on-one, my other kiddos are working on independent practice activities. Each of my tables keep their intervention block materials in these pink baskets.

In these baskets, each student has their own baggie.

I put different activities in their baggies each week. These activities focus on specific skills each student needs more practice with. For example, I placed a handwriting practice page and a nonfiction book in this little guy's bag.

I also require all of my kids to complete one word problem and one reading comprehension activity each day.

{Reading Comprehension Notebook from Jodi Southard}
{Word Problems from Surfin' Through Second}

While they work independently, I pull kids back to my teacher table. I keep all my materials in these plastic bins.

I don't limit myself to only reading. When I plan the week before, I jot down certain skills {reading, writing, math} I see kids needing extra practice with and pull any books, centers, manipulatives, handouts, etc. I can use to reinforce the skill. I keep a bucket full of manipulatives, for both reading and math, by my table for easy access. Here is my math manipulative bucket.

So there it is… nothing Earth shattering, but it works for me! ;)

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

It's here! It's here!

Stop.the.world. It's the most wonderful day of the year! {Well… if you're an online shopping addict like me! Ha!} Cyber Monday is tomorrow y'all! As you're busy filling up those virtual shopping baskets don't forget that TPT is having their own little Cyber Monday sale too!!

My little shop will be on sale for 20% off tomorrow and Tuesday. TPT is throwing in an additional 10% off on top of that. That deal my friends can't.be.beat. So, head on over and pick up your favorite teaching goodies and while your there… stop by my little shop and snag you up some good deals! 

Here are a few of my favorite things I use to get me through the cold winter months…

Just in case you're dreaming about summer wanting to get a head start on end of the year planning {sigh}…

Happy shopping y'all!