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RTI and Mathematics Practical Tools for Teachers in K-8 Classrooms,9780133007015

RTI and Mathematics Practical Tools for Teachers in K-8 Classrooms

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 9/7/2012
Publisher(s): Pearson
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This interactive, practical resource gives educators sound knowledge and expertise for successfully implementing RTI in mathematics and addressing the challenges involved. RTI and Mathematicsclarifies and describes the issues of RTI, the connections among teachers' knowledge and skills and their use with RTI, and the role of the teacher within the classroom and school, and provides evidence-based content, scenarios, examples, resources, and activities; modeling description; and reflection upon the key learning outcomes of RTI. Included is an illustrative continuous case study of a mathematics teacher as she implements RTI in her classroom, and a myriad of information and resources educators can use immediately within K-8 classrooms in order to implement RTI in mathematics successfully.

Author Biography

Regina “Gina” Harwood Gresham, Ph.D., is an Educational Psychologist, Behavioral Specialist, and an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. She is also a national mathematics consultant and is actively involved in presenting professional development workshops to improve mathematics achievement and implement RTI in the mathematics classrooms across the U.S.


A National Trainer/Speaker on RTI in Mathematics, Gina was recently featured in a national video on RTI in Mathematics with the Bureau of Education and Research. She has published numerous international/national research articles and has authored/co-authored five books on teaching middle school math and response to intervention in elementary school.


Dr. Gresham is a former public school teacher who has taught learners in high at-risk urban settings. Her current research, writing, and professional development interest areas include response to intervention in the mathematics classrooms; the psychology of mathematics, particularly mathematics anxiety; teacher self-efficacy; and learning style.


Gina Gresham was the recipient of her university’s Scholarship in Teaching and Learning Award, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Teacher Recognition and Appreciation Award, and the Christa McAuliffe Teaching Award-Lockheed Martin/UCF K-8 Program Award. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Jacksonville State University; her Masters in Education, Educational Specialist from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; and her Ph.D. with special emphasis in Education, Educational Psychology, Cognition and Instruction, and Neuro-physiology/Neuro-psychology from the University of Alabama where she was also a Graduate Fellow.


Dr. Mary Little is an Associate Professor in Exceptional Student Education at the University of Central Florida where she also serves as the Coordinator of Graduate Programs. She teaches traditional and on-line courses in mathematics, assessment, instruction, action research, and program evaluation at the graduate and undergraduate levels.


Dr. Little has received more than $15 million in external funding for research and development from federal, state, and private funding agencies including the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Currently she serves as the Principal Investigator for Building Bridges in Teacher Education, a federally-funded research and development project through OSEP designed to research, develop, and enhance the existing graduate programs at UCG with the goal of ensuring highly-qualified special education teachers in the content areas of mathematics and science and improving learning outcomes for secondary students, especially within diverse urban schools.


In the K-12 schools Mary has served as a secondary teacher, co-teacher, program coordinator, and principal. Her interests include evidence-based instructional practices, interventions, teacher efficacy, and student learning related to teacher learning. As a secondary mathematics teacher she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by the Council for Learning Disabilities.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Response to Intervention in Mathematics

            What is Response to Instruction/Intervention (RTI)?

            What RTI is Not?

            Meeting the Instructional Needs of All Learners in Mathematics

            Connections: RTI with Common cord Standards and NCTM Focal Points in Mathematics

            Teacher’s Corner

Chapter 2: Setting the Stage for RTI in the Classroom by Understanding the Fundamentals

            RTI and How It Works

            Tiered Instruction-Why and How It Works

            Instructional Decision-making Processes for RTI Implementation

            Instructional Variables in the Mathematics Classroom

            Beginning and Delivering and Intervention Plan for Students

            Coordinating Interventions with Core Classroom Instruction

            Case Study-Revisited

            Teacher’s Corner

Chapter 3: Knowing the Students are Learning-Use of Assessment Data

            Understanding the Purposes and Types of Assessment

            Assessments used within RTI

            Using Assessment to Plan Instruction within RTI in Mathematics

            Teacher’s Corner

Chapter 4: Teaching All Students in My Classroom-Tier 1

            An Overview of Tier 1

            Universal Screening and Instructional Variables

            Effective Instruction in the Mathematics Classroom

            Differentiating Instruction

            Using Concrete Manipulatives and Multiple Representations

            Scaffolding Instruction for Mathematical Learning

            Curriculum Based Assessments for Instructional Decision-Making

            Teacher’s Corner


Chapter 5: Interventions within Tier 2

            An Overview of Tier 2

            Using Data to Select Interventions for Students

            Intensifying and Implementing Interventions; Standard protocol and Problem-Solving

            Organizing for Instruction: Grouping and Scheduling

            Monitoring Student Progress for Instructional Decision-Making

            Teacher’s Corner


Chapter 6: Intensifying Interventions within Tier 3

            Variables to Intensifying During Tier 3

            Ms. Holly’s Planning for RTI

            Diagnostic Assessment and Teaching at Tier 3

            Special Education Services within RTI

            Teacher’s Corner

Chapter 7: Supporting Students in Our School through Professional Learning about RTI

            Supporting Students through Collaboration within RTI

            Making RTI Work for Students

            Professional Learning: Getting Connected with Colleagues

            Building Professional and Collegial Learning Communities for RTI Implementation

            RTI Embedded Within Continuous School Improvement

            Teacher’s Corner


Appendix (Reproducibles)

Teacher Resources for RTI and Differentiated Instruction


Book Study Guide

Professional Learning Community (PLC) Resource


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