What Is Intervention?

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.  It should be offered to them as a precious gift. —Kate DiCamillo

Intervention is a key role in assisting students who are experiencing difficulties in the classroom. An intervention teacher provides expertise and intentional support to students who demonstrate educational challenges. In Sharon, we support students in literacy and math.
As an interventionist, I support curriculum and instruction school-wide. I assist classroom teachers in Sharon with assessment needs and lead weekly data team meetings. I work with families to communicate student progress and next steps.
Most importantly, I provide high quality, personalized instruction that enables students to reach their fullest potential academically, socially and emotionally in order to become lifelong learners. I work primarily with kindergarten through fifth grade students and their teachers in literacy. The classroom teachers and I collaborate jointly to create reading groups which are based on a combination of the WRVSU assessments including the F & P BAS text level, Star 360, PNOA math assessment as well as classroom observations.
Developing the abilities of students to read, write, communicate, and think are all crucial components to literacy. Literacy is a foundational component to all learning and therefore, opportunities to develop literacy skills need to be embedded in every area within the school and home environment. As an example, reading a book aloud to a child is one of the most important things we can do. The reader can model enjoyment and a love of reading, which is crucial for all young children to develop. Furthermore, read alouds, help children build strategies for comprehension, allow children to access more challenging vocabulary, and involve children in making predictions or inferences about the story. There is immeasurable value in sitting down and reading a book to a child, each shared story creates positive memories and lays the groundwork for potential literacy growth.

I have been working as an interventionist for the past year and I LOVE it! My goal is to help students value the importance of reading and to help them develop the skills and practice required to become strong life-long readers. When we become better readers, the possibilities for our future are endless! We are Raising Readers together!