Our I.C. Title I Interventionist, Heather Dobbins, has been in education for twenty years. A native of Tennessee, Ms. Dobbins holds a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she studied psychology, English literature, and creative writing; a M.Ed. from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA in curriculum and instruction; and a M.F.A. from Bennington College in Vermont, where she mastered poetry and fiction. Ms. Dobbins instructed in school districts from California to Tennessee before her move to Arkansas where she was an instructor at the University of Arkansas--Fort Smith before her role as I.C.’s interventionist. The combination of her years of learning and experience bring engagement and enrichment to her students.
Methods: The class and room size for intervention are both small, meaning praise, feedback, questioning, and correction are easily and quickly administered. All classes use the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model. This model specifically benefits bilingual students and students with a need for interactive practice. Students participate in varied methods of practice for building and maintaining skills, including partner reading, flashcards, white boards, magnet boards, one-minute assessments, and other hands-on games.
- Literacy: Orton-Gillingham (I.C. curriculum) and Seeing stars (FSPS curriculum) are both used to build skills necessary for fluency.
- Math: Saxon Math and the Simple Solutions curriculum used in the classroom are reviewed to prepare students for assessments, while varying math review games are used to build and maintain important foundational skills.