Responsive Early Literacy Interventions

As a former special education teacher, working individually with students to help them continue to grow as readers was one of my favorite parts of my job! Yet, finding time for responsive reading interventions that didn’t take away time from students’ core instruction was a real challenge. Since this is particularly challenging for beginning teachers, each Wolfpack WORKS interventionist supports up to seven BTs in implementing assessments, progress monitoring, and modeling early reading interventions. It’s so important for us to deliver responsive, systematic reading interventions in addition to classroom instruction. Strong classroom literacy instruction supports children in developing general knowledge and engaging in meaningful literacy practices. Our interventionists assist BTs in planning and implementing interventions to create additional instructional opportunities for children.

Additional literacy support through small group or individual early literacy interventions can prevent later reading difficulties, and young children learn and develop at such a fast rate! Responsive reading interventions are connected to specific needs of individual students. For example, the “Apples and Bananas” song can provide specific support in vowel sounds. Echo or choral reading of a student-selected book can help promote fluency.

Responsive interventions are tied to individual student assessment data to pinpoint specific reading development needs. It also helps to look at multiple assessments to give us a better picture of students’ reading strengths and needs. Monitoring students’ progress helps us identify how we should continue to adapt our instruction, as well as documenting students’ tremendous growth!

In addition to providing responsive literacy interventions, we always want to hold all of our students to high standards. Children may experience specific challenges during a reading at certain times, but we also want to emphasize and incorporate student strengths. While providing responsive reading interventions, nurturing children’s joy and motivation for reading should also be a priority in supporting our young readers!


Janet Boone


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