Writing is very much an art. Just look at our scrawled notes that we leave each other compared to the beautiful penmanship that was required years ago. It is both a visual and an emotional art. I love to hand write notes, letters, and journal entries. Writing is a very creative endeavor that requires skill, passion, and discipline.




The United Service Organization (USO) is a nonprofit organization that provided live entertainment and other programs to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense, relying heavily on private contributions and on funds, goods, and services from various corporate and individual donors. Although it is congressionally chartered, it is not a government agency. The USO operates 160 centers worldwide.


Standard Weekly Routines Repeated work with wordsExplore word meanings with dictionariesWriting sorts, word study, vocabulary notebooksWord huntsPartner work: timed sorts, blind sorts, writing sortsGames and other activitiesAssessmentThe generative process of how word elements--prefixes and bases are put together. Identify prefixes and what each meansExplain how the addition of a prefix changes the meaning of the wordSpell the words correctly


The three-tier structure is often illustrated as a three-tier pyramid with Tier 1 at the bottom and Tier 3 at the top. A four-tier approach is another option. The fourth tier indicates the referral process used to evaluate students for a potential special education need. The focus herein will be on the three-tier model as it is the most common.
The components that make up Tier 1 create a solid foundation for RTI. The basis of Tier 1 is a high-quality, guaranteed, and viable curriculum including standards-based instruction supported by research-based materials.
The regular education classroom is the setting for Tier 1. Within Tier 1, teachers commit to devoting time to each subject and curricular fidelity. The time commitment typically includes a minimum of ninety minutes of reading per day as this gives the appropriate time for content, concepts, and application of understanding. The strong emphasis on reading is due to federal legislation regarding state testing and accountability in t…


Developing readers find it difficult to select appropriate books for independent reading. these students also struggle with independent reading as a task in general. the students sitting in your intervention class have difficulty sustaining any level of silent reading, and they are unable to create written responses to the texts that they are reading.
So, how can you help these kiddos? Make sure that you have an extensive varied collection of books for all the readers in your class. Provide book talks for students who are reading at an easier level. Help students craft their own book talks for one another. Attend carefully to your reading interviews with developing readers. Check in with your developing readers every day. Seat developing readers next to established readers. Help developing readers find books that are just right for them. Confer with developing readers more frequently than with other readers. Listen to students read aloud often. Talk about books with all of your stude…


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 RTI is a structure that aligns instruction and systems of assessment, data collection and analysis, and interventions to best meet the academic and behavioral needs of students. It is based on the belief that all students--including English learners, students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students of all ethnic backgrounds--can learn if they are given the proper materials, strategies, and interventions. The goal of RTI is to maximize student achievement through the use of effective instruction strategies while teaching and promoting behaviors that are supportive of the learning environment. Think of RTI as the framework for a service-delivery system that includes high-quality instruction, evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions, frequent monitoring of student progress, the regular and consistent use of data for decision making, and team collaboration. Evidence-based interventions are imp…