The #1 Thing You Can Be Doing to Make Your Intervention Less Stressful - Working Systematically


We’ve all been there.

Planning for our students had us stressed. It had us burning out and tired. It was nothing short of exhausting, and on top of that, our students weren’t connecting with it. They weren’t growing in a way we would expect knowing how much work we were putting into it.

…and then we figured out why.

We were teaching incidentally.

We were going through our lessons, trying to teach as concepts popped up. This made planning a nightmare because we never knew what would come up.

This made learning hard for our students, because their brains aren’t built to learn concepts in a scattered manner.

Our brains are built to learn things in a systematic progression.

We use the Jenga Tower to represent a student’s knowledge. If the foundation is solid, the tower will stand tall and strong. If the bottom is shaky and there are a lot ofholes, the tower will wobble.

We have to start with the most basic concepts and build upwards, so that our students have a foundation to build upon.

Think of a Jenga Tower.

If the foundation is solid, all of the blocks on the bottom are tight and in place, it makes it easier to build and stand steady. If the blocks on the bottom are sparse and there are blocks sticking out every which way, the tower will be shaky, if it can stand at all.

Our students’ knowledge is the same way. We have to start at the bottom and build upward. Otherwise, they will struggle to hold onto more advance skills and recognize how they fit into the bigger picture.

So how do we start teaching systematically?

We always recommend starting with a scope and sequence. This way, you can order your lessons in a progression that makes sense, and allows you to build that foundation for your students and build up. You can find our scope and sequence here.

By ordering your lessons in a specific way, not only does it help your students’ learning process, it also makes planning SO MUCH EASIER for you. Gone are the days where we rely on things “popping up” in our lessons, and they are replaced with pre-planned lessons that we can implement with ease.

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