RTI Organization!

RTI can be both a great experience and chaotic for all parties involved.  Students who get pulled out for RTI usually get pulled for other services (though not all do) and classroom teachers have a tough time keeping track of who is where  and when!

I found that during my time as an RTI literacy teacher, I rarely could find the time to talk to the classroom teacher about what was going on with their students.  My schedule left me about 3 minutes to make it between two different elementary school buildings with my "classroom on wheels" (aka, my HUGE tub of stuff I rolled around between each session).

What's a teacher to do?!

Well, I created this half sheet RTI documentation sheet for classroom teachers and RTI teachers to use to get on the same page.  It highlights strengths and subjects the student should be working on to increase their knowledge in the 4 areas highlighted by CAFE!

Click on the image to grab it!  It's free!

Happy planning!

First Grade Pointalism!

Over the summer I had the joy of teaching over 100 first grade students during summer school! I also got to team teach with some wonderful first grade teachers. One of the activities we did included Q-tips, paint, and a book! What a combo, right?

The students loved reading Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See? as a group. The text is predictable and encourages young aspiring readers to chant along as they catch on to the pattern. After reading the book, we encouraged our kiddos to create what THEY saw by using 4 Q-tips to paint. There was a catch, though! The students could only paint using dots from the tip of their Q-tip!

I must admit, my cohort and I were nervous about giving each student their own paint and Q-tips - who wouldn't be? But the results turned out great! We created a web of different ideas that we could paint before sending the students off to create their own works of art. Here are some pics of the results!

Teacher's Pay Teacher's Back to School Sale!

What a roller coaster ride!  I have been chugging away trying to create products, pin like mad, AND revise my old products to make way for the HUGE TPT Back to School Sale!

I am doing fairly well with sales (considering my store is still in its infancy!) and am so excited to be apart of such a great community of wonderful, creative, supportive and inspiring teachers.

Here's a link to my Teacher's Pay Teacher's store to check it out.  Be sure to enter code: BTS13 for a total of 28% off the items in your cart through the end of August 19, 2013!
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