Meeting the Needs of All Learners

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During the 2014-2015 the Quabbin Regional School District implemented a reinforcement/extension block during the school day. The WINN block, which stands for What I Need Now, is a 30 minute, daily block during which all students K-6 are working in small groups based on individual needs. Some students are working on reinforcing skills, others are practicing new skills while others are working to extend new skills. Groups are flexible depending on the need at that time in the school year.

To make this happen, additional adults are assigned to the grade level to decrease the size of groups during this time. The staff available during this time may include: Intervention Specialist (1), Intervention Tutors (3), Special Education Teacher (1), Paraprofessionals (3). In addition to our grade-level teachers, this additional support allows us to provide children with meaningful reinforcement and extension during this daily block.

For example, 3rd grade has their intervention block from 10:45-11:15 each day. Seven additional adults join the grade level teachers allowing for ten groups for 75 students. Some groups are as small as three so children can get targeted, intense, daily intervention. Other groups, like the math group, are larger with 16 children playing math games to practice the skills currently being worked on in math class. There is also an extension group of 18 children who are participating in a book club.

WINN is a valuable block of time as it serves to meet the needs of all learners across the continuum of learning. Click here to access a presentation that speaks to this initiative in more detail.

How does your school work to meet the needs of all learners?