# Great RTI Math Resource: Strategies for Guided Math Groups

RTI is a great structure for planning differentiated interventions! I do a great deal of workshops on it around the country. I find that people struggle with really knowing what research based math interventions look like. As a nation we are really good at knowing and talking about research based literacy interventions! We have to spruce up our knowledge on RESEARCH BASED MATH INTERVENTIONS! Math research is alive and well (as quiet) as it is kept.

Here is a great resource by the Federal Government about how to implement research based math interventions called Doing What Works!

Following the recommendations of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel they state that RTI interventions should:

• For K–5, focus on whole numbers, including place value and addition and subtraction operations with whole numbers

• For 4–8, focus on rational numbers and operations with fractions, decimals, ratios, and percents and complex operations with whole numbers

• Explicitly teaching how to solve word problems using problem types with examples and information about teaching students to identify irrelevant information

• Daily practice on fluency with math facts during interventions and cumulative review

• Strategy approaches to fact teaching, including counting on, deriving facts using properties

This website is filled with resources such as powerpoints and videos. It also has a great deal of information about screening and monitoring as well as actual implementation at all 3 levels.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

Hi Dr. Nicki,

This website is so full I have only managed to look at the part about a screening test. It is going to take a while to figure out how to use this resource effectively. My interest is in the screening because I don’t feel like I have a handle on which grade to start in. Is it too early to start in Grade 1? I think teachers know that a child might not be progressing in math by this time. This past year we spent a lot of time improving our Tier 1 level instruction in the classroom. Thanks to your workshop the 2nd grade teacher made so many adjustments to her math block – which included diffentiated small groups. Of course, if a child is struggling I want the Tier 2 instruction to be appropriate, focused, and allow the child to make progress.

Unbelieveable information.

LisaJuly 24, 2011

Absolutely not! You want to do early intervention.. The RTI network even talks about introducing it even in pre-kindergarten (see http://www.rtinetwork.org/learn/rti-in-pre-kindergarten). The RTI network has great information.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

drnickinewtonJuly 27, 2011