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Recently, I had an RtI class
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Recently, I had an RtI class where readers who had failed their benchmarks were pulled for more intense reading practice. I decided to abandon the notion of worksheets and excerpts and dive fully into the readers workshop model. The first few weeks were painful and a fight, but eventually choice reading, book talks, and quiet time to read made more of an impact than printing off excerpts from our state test. Eventually, kids were WANTING to read and by the end, all but 1 of my 14 students had raised their benchmark scores so much, they could exit the program. However, the best story came from one of my RtI students named Michael. Michael proclaimed himself a "hater of all books." I constantly was putting books on his desk, asking him to try, try, try. Eventually, he was hooked by the Bluford series book Brothers in Arms. Then he picked up the sequel, and then another book, and another. He told me after he finished his fourth novel, "Mr. B--you have cured me!" He's been doing great ever since.
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