In this practical guide, teacher and brain-based learning expert Sarah Armstrong offers the tools and techniques that make designing tiered lessons manageable. She guides teachers through pre-assessing before a unit, identifying scaffolds necessary to support students, and focusing instruction around essential understandings. She demonstrates how to design tiered questions that engage students at their level and involve high-level thinking skills; she also shows how to incorporate choice and collaboration to motivate students. Armstrong shares a wealth of strategies, planning sheets, graphic organizers, and more to make tiered instruction a success.
How Does Tiered Instruction Support Response to Intervention (RtI)?
Tiered instruction is a teaching strategy that supports the philosophy of success for all students, which is in full agreement with the philosophy behind RtI. In both models, the needs of students and the delivery of instruction to meet these needs are based on assessment. The recursive nature of monitoring, teaching, analyzing data, reteaching, and reflecting on the progress of students reveals the ebb and flow of the instructional process. The RtI model contrasts with the too frequently used model of teach, test, teach again, test again, and assign grades. RtI clearly requires differentiation through tiered instruction.