A success that came from incremental rehearsal included an improvement of scores across all students. All five of the students improved their scores in number sense and multiplication facts. Incremental rehearsal also encouraged a stronger bond between the struggling students and myself. Since we spent time one-on-one, I was able to witness their difficulties and discuss them personally with each student.
The challenges of incremental rehearsal was finding the time to implement the intervention while teaching the rest of the class. There are 110 minutes allotted for math a day. That means all of the students have to get to the four groups to ensure they have learned the skills necessary. Finding an additional ten to fifteen minutes outside of the math curriculum to practice one-on-one with a student was very challenging. Also, trusting the student to walk down to the special education classroom was difficult at times. Two of my students needed a supervisor when walking down the hallway to make sure he/she made the correct choices. In the beginning, the students were writing one to two words in their journals. I had to put some parameters around the journals and write specific questions that I wanted answered each day. Once I placed the questions in the beginning of the journals, the students started adding more content and their opinions to the entries. If someone was to do this research over again, I would recommend being intentional about the questions for students to answer in the journal, spreading out the time between the sessions to help with burnout, and finding additional people to help implement the intervention.
As a general education teacher with twenty-two students, I was fortunate to have the assistance of the special education teacher who was willing to help implement this strategy. I also worked with parents to determine what pieces of the intervention as well as other strategies could be implemented at home. Being able to work with other people enhanced student learning because we were able to collaborate and bounce ideas off of each other to help students succeed. Also, materials and extra supplies were given and donated by outside stakeholders.
Since I was able to see results and data that truly backs up incremental rehearsal, IR will be a strategy and intervention I will use in the future. I would also like to implement more technology using the strategy because my students seemed more engaged when technology was used. I would also look into further training materials so that more professionals in a school setting can implement the strategy, not just the general education teacher and special education teacher.