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Understanding that not all instructional activites and resources meet the needs of your students, it is important to choose wisely when designing instruction and practice opportunites for students.   Consider programs, technologies, resources, and tools that align to your standards, offer opportunties for authentic practice, can be easily differentiated, and engage all types of learners.  


High-impact practices encourage students to integrate their skills into higher-level tasks, having the ability to show mastery in a number of ways and in a number of settings.  


In an effort to support your instructional planning, we have provided you with a list of tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 resources that meet the criteria for evidence-based and research-based, provide high levels of rigor, support best practice in the classroom, and are proven to impact student performance. Although not an exhaustive list, this will give you some insight into some of the most common types of instructional resources, tools, technologies, practices, and programs.  Many of these are available in your school.    Remember, teaching materials support learning and increase student success.  


Tier 1 resources are appropriate for all students, regardless of ability.  Tier 1 resources and practices are always tied to the Georgia Standards of Excellence, GSE, and are useful for whole group, small group and one-on-one insstruction.  


Tier 2 resources are reserved for students who have not yet mastered tier 1 standards. Tier 2 resources are strategic, in that they are tools for teaching students HOW to do a skill.  Tier 2 is not about changing materials or changing practice, tier 2 is about changing the language of instruction so that you are using a more explicit instructional language.  Tier 2 is about determining "what" skills the student is missing and finding ways to close the skill gap quickly and effectively.  


Tier 3 resources are more intensive, and possibly, programmatic.  These resources are reserved for the student who is far behind his/her peers and will need a more focused, intensive, systematic approach to instruction.  Very few students should need intensive tier 3 intervention.  When considering tier 3 resources, you are trying to determine "why" a student may not be responding to traditional classroom instruction.  


Teachers, remember that you do not need a lot of "tools in the toolbox", you only need a few and those few should be powerful for students and easy to implement for teachers.  






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