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Communicating With Gen Ed Teachers (Let's All Be Informed)

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As an intervention teacher, I've found that it can be super hard to find the time to meet and discuss students' progress with the gen ed teachers.  I wanted the gen ed teachers to be able to know what skills I was working on and the progress of their students at any time even though they may not be able to actually meet with me very easily.

I keep all of my data in a 3-ring binder for each group.

 I keep a sort of lesson plan that lets the teachers know what skills I was working on that day.  And it helps me keep track of which students attend intervention group.

For each student in my reading groups, I take a weekly fluency check and a cold read comprehension check.  I keep the original fluency and comprehension quiz in the binder.

In front of those, I keep a fluency graph.  I LOVE graphs.  They can really can give you that visual about a student's progress.  Although this student is reading below grade level, she's really improving on her fluency!

Graphs can also really let you see when students just aren't making progress like this student.  This is one that I'm super worried about.  Even though he's in my most intense, smallest group, he's just not coming along like I think he should be.  :(

I also keep this form at the front of the binder for each group.  This gives the teachers a quick snapshot of how everyone in the group is doing.

To keep track of their weekly comprehension check, I use this simple form.  As you can tell, comprehension can be really tough.

I also have a math group that I see daily.  On Fridays, I give them a quick quiz that covers several skills.  By looking at their data like this, I can quickly tell which skills I need to keep remediating and which skills they seem to get.  Here's a really good week!  Usually, most of my students miss the word problem.

So there you go!  It may seem daunting to keep data, but honestly, it's really quick.  Once you get the forms set up and your binders organized, it takes no time to add the new information.

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  1. This is great! I teach in a resource room and I struggle with keeping meaningful data. This will help me so much? What do you use to work on comprehension? I'm about to add someone to my caseload with comprehension goals. Right now I have mostly beginning readers so we have been working hard on phonics and sight words. I would love some comprehension ideas!

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  2. So glad to see someone else doing this. I did this when I was an intervention teacher for 2 years. I remember thinking when I was a teacher sending kids to RtI, I never knew what they were doing. So, I decided I'd e-mail my weekly lesson plans each week to my principal and the teachers, along with DIBELS and Read Naturally scores.

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