Every classroom has a range of ability. As teachers we target those different levels of ability to maximize student development. In the past I have found myself providing blocks of intervention for students to prepare for our state test and ensure their success in day to day class activities. The problem was I had little to no resources. The textbook provided by the county had “intervention resources,” but it wasn’t enough. One page of extra math questions wasn’t closing the gaps in my class and the resources lacked key components. There were three things I was looking for in math intervention resources; data tracking, ample student practice, and targeting specific skills and levels of understanding.
How do I track progress?
I created my own math intervention packs to cover all my needs. I was asked to attend RTI meetings and bring graphs and data with me for those students needing intervention. Where do I get these graphs and data pieces? No one was offering to search for these materials for me. I used my usual class assessments for data tracking, but I also needed mini assessments exclusively for my intervention students.
These mini assessments gave me insight as to how my students were performing before and after intervention. My Math Intervention Packs also have a baseline pre-test and matching post-test for every math domain. You also get mini quick checks to track progress by skill . Then you can use these data pieces to give to administration and parents for tangible documentation of your support.
Not Enough Resources
I found myself using all the resources I had during the intervention process and still needing more. My Math Intervention Packs provide many pages of practice for each standard.
What Am I Targeting?
The one question I would repeatedly ask myself during intervention time was “Is this student struggling with procedural or conceptual understanding of this standard/skill?” It’s important to ensure you are targeting the child’s specific needs. I wanted resources that targeted specific levels of understanding. Classroom time is so precious and every minute counts. I wanted to maximize the 10-15 minutes I had for intervention to its fullest potential. I created practice pages specifically for procedural practice of each math skill, along with conceptual practice. The pre-tests included in the Intervention Packs provide you with information on whether the questions on the tests assess procedural or conceptual understanding. You can provide intervention with confidence knowing that you have data showing the needs of your students.
Be sure to check out our intervention resources for 3rd – 5th; everything you need to provide intervention that will make a difference in your classroom!
Teacher Feedback on The Math Intervention Packs:
“Tanya has created a wonderful, comprehensive resource here, complete with record-keeping which is often challenging to figure out the logistics of sometimes. From pretest to posttest and all the tasks in between, this is a must-have for intervention groups!”
“I LOVE this packet. I am using it to guide my small group instruction and by conducting the pre-test, I found that many students I thought had it, didn’t. Thanks for the detailed packet!!”
“I love how everything is laid out! It’s super helpful to have a chart to tell you what type of misunderstanding the student has on the pretest.”