Successfull Interventions Require the Right Amount of Repetition

Successfull Interventions Require the Right Amount of Repetition

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Successfull Interventions Require the Right Amount of Repetition

When it comes to interventions, we need to be sure we have the formula “just right”! When thinking of a good intervention for “at-risk” learners, remember: Honor their WORKING MEMORY and provide just the right amount of REPETITION.

Keep this in mind (each “0”= a new piece of information):

  • Age 3 = 0 (Working Memory Capacity)
  • Age 5 = 000 (Working Memory Capacity)
  • Age 7 = 0000 (Working Memory Capacity)
  • Age 9 = 00000 (Working Memory Capacity)
  • Age 11 = 000000 (Working Memory Capacity)

For example, a 7 year old can learn 4 new bits of information within an intervention at a time. Go over that amount and expect for the information to be lost the next day!

Repetition (based on students IQ or performance):

  • IQ 120 = 25 x’s
  • IQ 100 = 35 x’s
  • IQ 80 = 55 x’s

Students need WAY MORE repetition than one might think! So take your time and make sure they learn it before pushing them to memorize a concept they don’t understand.

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Shannon Samulski is the founder of Strategic Intervention Solutions and is an international educational consultant. She has 15 years of teaching experience in the areas of special education, reading specialization, and intervention. She is well-known for her practical information and enthusiastic style, and her experience with RTI, ADHD, promoting early learning success, and integrating math standards with numeracy development. She is the author of Finger Funatics, a fine motor-development program, and My Counting Buddy Book & Math Tool.