Working with teachers for over 30 years, I have learned many strategies to try to help students be successful. Some worked and some did not. Since all students learn differently it is important that teachers build a “strategies toolkit” to be ready for each child who enters their classroom door.
What Are Academic Intervention Strategies (AIS)?
When a student is having difficulty learning a teacher must try a variety of ways to help them be more successful. As adults we all learn things differently and kids are no different. An advantage of an extensive “strategies toolkit” is that many kids can benefit from the special strategies in day-to-day learning. The Individuals with Disabilities, Education Improvement Act (IDEA) supports interventions and requires teachers to identify strategies implemented and their outcomes prior to special education services being approved.
Academic Intervention Strategies: Reading Words
- Ask the school nurse to check vision, hearing and tracking.
- Ask parents about developmental and family history.
- Identify the specific skill weaknesses and provide tutoring.
- Provide interesting easy-reading materials.
- Reinforce and reteach phonics rules daily.
- Conference with administrator to share student progress and inquire about additional resources available.
- Provide daily silent reading opportunities.
- Provide peer tutor.
- Reward successes.
- Provide word bank. Review and reinforce OFTEN.
Academic Intervention Strategies: Reading Comprehension
- Check student file to see if student is in ESL, AIS, Special Education, has a 504 or is in another specialized program.
- Check to see if modifications have been assigned.
- Teach students to read questions before reading passage.
- Teach highlighting and underlining.
- Emphasize major points with voice, print and mannerisms.
- Read with student.
- Break up passage into shorter segments.
- Assign reading at the child’s reading level to build mastery.
- Ask questions that involve critical thinking.
- Teach students to ask – wh- questions (who, what, when, where, and why)
- Let students “shadow read” – read along with a stronger reader.
- Model reading throughout the day.
Using specific Academic Intervention Strategies can sometimes prevent the need to refer a student for additional support programs or Special Education services. Knowing the best way to reach individual students can make a big difference in a child’s educational career.
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.