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RTI: Research Based Strategies & Progress Monitoring

Flashcards as an intervention ..... are they research based? 

Did you immediately just shout "yes" or "no"? Or are you one of those teachers who just scratched your head and said, "aren't they"? Some teachers seem to have definite opinions about the use of flashcards as an intervention some have just assumed that is ok to use flashcards as an intervention because that is what they have seem other people do in the past and have not given any thought to the research behind the practice. Truthfully, the answer to the question, “Are flashcards a research-based intervention?” is - it depends. 

Just giving a student some flashcards to practice on their own or having them play a flashcard app during free time may not be research based. However, there are ways to use flashcards that have been studied (such as the Folding In technique) and will work with factual information (think sight words, basic math facts, spelling, and any kind of facts). Using this technique or an app that is built around a similar technique is research based. 

Click here for a link to the Folding In Technique.

What other research based flashcard strategies have you found?


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