Response to Intervention – What’s Your Strategy?

We all have different learning styles. We all learn at a different pace. What works for one person may prove to be completely ineffective to another. For example, Student A might master her multiplication tables in one month using flash cards, while it takes Student B 5 months to get his multiplication down. However, give Student B an iPad with a mathematics mobile app, and he could be a multiplication master in a month too!

Everyone learns differently, and people with learning disabilities are no exception. It’s so important for educators to identify these differences and find ways to address them, so that teaching is done in the most effective way possible for each individual learner.

Strategized Teaching

It’s an interesting and challenging time to be involved in the education system. The Conover Company has found a way to meet the challenges that schools are facing head on. Limited resources, combined with a movement for a more proactive approach to assessment and instruction, are driving the need for a whole new generation of assessments.

The Conover Company is proud to introduce a new series of assessments to address response to intervention, or training. Our new Response to Intervention Series focuses on answering one question:

“What is the best instructional strategy to use with this individual learner to teach basic life and work skills?”

Skills for Independence

One of our most basic human rights is independence. No matter what functional level people may be at, they still have a right to live as independently as possible. The first assessment in our Response to Intervention Series Level 6 Assessment provides information about the best methods to provide relevant instruction on life, social, and work skills to individuals with severe disabilities. The total score is a strong indication of the general level of instruction or training that will be required for an individual.

Other scales in the Level 6 Assessment measure the learner’s ability to use simple verbal instructions, video modeling, physically modeled instructions or corrections, and physical guidance or correction. Information about a learner’s ability to profit from correction and the level of resistance to instruction or training is also provided. The video modeling scale introduces the learner to a whole knew way of teaching and learning, utilizing our 92 apps as a visual support system to help model desired behaviors.

Why RTI?

Designed as an individually administered test, this assessment will measure the type and amount of resources required for skill training of adolescents and adults with significant impairments.

  • Research based
  • Career assessment system targeting bench assembly activities
  • Assesses ability to benefit from appropriate instruction
  • Assists teachers and administrators in making better instructional and training decisions
  • Matches individual learners to the proper instructional strategies and resources
  • First assessment instrument to use the iPad® as an   administration as well as a scoring tool

So, What’s Your Strategy?

No two learners are alike. It’s time we stopped forcing the same teaching approach upon each individual learner and expect to get results. Finding the best teaching strategy for each individual may take time initially, but the results will prove to be invaluable down the road.

By | 2017-04-30T16:18:31-04:00 February 14th, 2012|Education|0 Comments

About the Author:

Terry Schmitz is the founder and owner of The Conover Company. Terry has been involved in the development of assessments for both education and corporations for over 30 years. He has developed hundreds of job-specific assessment systems that link to skill building systems.

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