Most teachers can relate to the overwhelming stress added with the Response to Intervention (RTI) program. Although this program is essential and beneficial, teachers need to find ways to make it more manageable. If the strategies are practical, then teachers are more likely to implement them and thus the program is more effective.
This simple strategy actually places the responsibility on the student. It should be used for a student who is having trouble paying attention to assignment directions, having difficulty completing assignments according to the rubric standards, or having problems understanding all of the steps needed to complete the assignment.
This form can be used for anything from a simple step-by-step math problem or a summative performance assessment.
An example is included.
Students must clearly define the task, list of all of the steps, and summarize the task and grading procedures. There is also a space for questions. When the form is complete, students will present this to a teacher. It will take repetition, feedback, and practice, but this method really works. I suggest using the team approach and including the form in all classes; students will really take personal responsibility when this RTI strategy is used.