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Irene Farmer's Blog – February 2010 Archive (4)

Social Skills Teaching Is Back In My Classroom!

It has been a very interesting year for me. Our school underwent some enormous changes with the implementation of RtI (Response to Intervention). For those who are not familiar with RtI, children are assessed in their language arts skills and then are grouped according to their ability. These children then switch classrooms for instruction.


My first reaction to such a change was, "NO! Not in first grade! These kids need consistency! Heterogeneous grouping is gone! How are…
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Added by Irene Farmer on February 28, 2010 at 10:47am — 3 Comments

How do we make positive change?

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Added by Irene Farmer on February 25, 2010 at 8:07am — No Comments

Thanks for the fun activities

"Thanks for the fun activities"


These were the words I heard from a first grade student of mine who comes to me for help in reading. Those words made my day, my week, my year thus far!


Our school district switched to an RTI model of instruction this year and I have the Tier II students who are assessed as the emergent readers needing the most help in reading/writing. After 13 years of teaching a multi-level classroom of first graders, this model…
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Added by Irene Farmer on February 24, 2010 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Helping Kids Find Their Passion?

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Added by Irene Farmer on February 21, 2010 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

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