Interventions can be broken into three levels:
- Tier 1: These are applied to the whole class
- Tier 2: These are applied to some students
- Tier 3: These are applied to a few students
As instructors we are very good at providing support to students academically. We are able to support student at all three levels. We must also do this behaviorally. Tier 1, in its most basic form is simply your rules, routines, and procedures- it is the bread and butter of how your classroom runs. When we have a solid foundation, it enables us to support more structured interventions. Click on the links below to explore some Tier 1 supports.
Tier 2 interventions are those supports we apply to some students in our classes. Think about when you have some student who are struggling to grasp an academic concept. You pull those students aside and reteach them, or provide instruction in a new way in order to help them learn and solidify the concept. This is the same thing we do in behavior. Some students need additional support to learn new behavior skills, so we put additional supports in place to help them. Click on the links below to explore some Tier 2 supports.
-Contracts and Trackers
Tier 3 interventions are those that are applied to a few students. These interventions seem to be more punitive in nature and tend to focus more on taking something away. Click on the links below to explore Tier 3 interventions.
-In School Suspension
When using an intervention at any level, it is important to collect data. Data allow us to know not only if our intervention is working, but also the effect. Remember to collect data. At the Tier 1 level, you can collect data on how often rules are broken and which rule is broken. If I have data that says students break 'following adult directions' 19 times a day and break 'KYFOOTY' 2 times a day, I know as a teacher I need to reteach 'following adult directions'. The same goes for Tier 2/3 interventions. For example I can collect data on how many point cards a student is earning a day and what reward the student selects. We as teachers know that data is important academically and helps guide our decisions, but it is also important behaviorally to guide our instruction.