Nothing makes my blood boil more than to hear people, who have no clue what it is really like to be a teacher, make comments about teachers having it "easy" or "too much time off" or whatever. Teachers work hard. Nothing is routine, nothing is easy, there is never a time when a teacher is "off." They think about their students or a great lesson to try, or if their students' are safe at home or not. These thoughts are continuous, before they fall asleep at night, as they make dinner, on the way to the grocery store.... Work load? Rare is a time when they are "caught up." There is always something new, something chaotic... something. Now, there are some teachers who might not fit this mold exactly. There are also doctors that are not perfect, architects who make mistakes, professionals who make poor choices. There are always exceptions. Don't let an occasional exception spoil the reputation of the vast majority of the rest. I am quite sure that teachers, as a whole, have more passion for their work than any other profession. Teachers work hard. Oh, and in this state.... they don't get paid nearly what they deserve either. So there.
Ok, I am done for now. Don't mess with my teachers. They work hard.
Response to Intervention. As defined by NCRTI: "Response to Intervention integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavioral problems. With RTI, schools use data to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities."
It is a mouthful, but it makes sense. Tier 1 - Assess: Analyze Data: Identify Students: Prescribe/Administer Intervention: Monitor: Adjust: Repeat.
Stay tuned for Tier 2 and 3.
I'll have to post a link to the presentation I just worked on. I haven't figured out how to embed it here... yet.
In the meantime, this presentation on author-stream is quite thorough:
Trying to figure out how long a written answer had to be, a student asked, "Does it have to be, like, bigger than a Tweet?" She knew exactly how many characters would max a Twitter message. Yes, longer than a Tweet, but not quite as long as a daily blog entry. I needed to further clarify that there was no texting language allowed, and that all answers would be uploaded to my grade-book immediately, with no retracting option.
"Bigger than a Tweet?" Is this the 21st century version of "Is it bigger than a bread box?"
Someone told me recently that kids don't so much have ADHD as much as they have ADOS. That is Attention-Deficit-Oh-Shiny! The latest and greatest is always around the corner. Kids know this stuff. Digital natives, and all that. My mission: To keep one tiny step ahead. There will always be something shiny and new that will grab my student's attention away from me. My pledge: To be shinier.