Building momentum for the learners
Things are heating up and building momentum for the learners at Edahow. Learners jumped into learning and curriculum the first day of school, but this week marks the beginning of the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) testing.
This testing helps staff members make informed, data-driven decisions to best cater instruction to learners at their individual levels. It is an important benchmark, but not the only piece of information used for this purpose. The IRI does not take a lot of time, and gives quality data on each learner's performance level.
While a good portion of reading instruction is given at a more general level, the research behind the Response to Intervention process indicates that some instruction is most effective if given at each learner's individual level.
Reading instruction at Edahow is balanced and focused on improving in the areas of phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.
Peggy Welsch, Edahow's intervention teacher, helps familiarize the 1st grade learners in Heather Judy's class about the process of IRI testing.