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RTI With Differentiated Instruction, Grades 6–8

RTI With Differentiated Instruction, Grades 6–8
A Classroom Teacher’s Guide

July 2012 | 216 pages | Corwin
An efficient way to merge differentiated instruction and RTI

Collecting, processing, and using assessment data to form instruction for each student can be overwhelming—especially with so much diversity in the classroom. Help is here, with this hands-on guide that brings together the two leading approaches to teaching students of varying abilities: Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI) and differentiated instruction (DI). Written in a practical, "how-to" format, this book gives middle school teachers strategies for adapting assessments, curriculum, and instruction to student abilities. Key topics include:

- Differences and similarities between RTI and DI

- Data analysis for effective instructional decision making

- Strategies for applying RTI and DI to all students, including English learners, children with special needs, and high-ability students

Focused on user-friendly strategies for the classroom rather than school systems, this helpful guide includes lesson plans, case studies, examples, rubrics, and teacher reflection exercises. Streamline your instruction with this winning combination and watch student achievement soar!

About the Author
Part I
1. Principles of RTI and Implications in the Classroom
2. Principles of DI and Implications in the Classroom
3. The Merging of DI and RTI
Part II
4. Tier 1 - Curriculum and Instruction
5. Tier 1 - Assessment
6. Tier 1 - The Environment
Part III
7. Tier 2 - Instruction and Differentiation
8. Tier 2 - Assessment and Problem Solving
9. Tier 3 - Instruction, Assessment, and Problem Solving
10. The Problem-Solving Team

“This book is designed as a practical guide for examining the format and efficacy of the Parallel Curriculum Model. The structure of the book is easy to follow and reflects a teacher's metacognitive process when reflecting on how to create high-level tasks for students. Some of the most unique and applicable features are the teacher reflections, the focus on concepts and principles, and the links to supportive resources. This book offers teachers the framework they need to add relevance, authenticity and meaning to their instruction.”

Heidi Hanson, Talented and Gifted Specialist
Beaver, OR

"This resource for middle school teachers provides an excellent framework for differentiation within their classrooms. The author's descriptions, examples, and scenarios clearly detail necessary information for teachers to use while demystifying complex legislation and mandates."

Mary E. Little, Associate Professor
University of Central Florida

"Shows how to adapt assessments, curriculum and instruction to student abilities. Lesson plans, case studies, rubrics and more contribute to an outstanding survey. Recommended."

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
The Midwest Book Review, August 2011

Jodi O'Meara

Jodi O’Meara is a curriculum specialist for students with special needs and a professional developer for educators and administrators. She has presented at state, national and international conferences. With over 15 years experience as a teacher and administrator of general education, special education and gifted education, she recognizes the diverse needs of students and teachers. Additionally, she is a certified life skills coach and provides guidance for leadership in business and education through her own company, Body and Mind Coaching and Consulting. O'Meara specializes in professional development in the areas of differentiated... More About Author

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