When I first began wrapping my mind around moving from being a homeroom teacher to an interventionist, I had to first figure out the referral process.
The teachers at my school were already analyzing data in grade level teams. As they found areas students needed help in, they would need to give me all of the information I’d need to help them.
My first year, the referral process was all done on paper. Some teams used their forms from data teams. Some teams wrote lists. I created this basic referral from for them to use.
This is actually a copy I updated for the second year. The second year I added the 10 days notice part to the please create test section. I learned quickly that Murphy’s Law is in effect often all seven grade levels often asked me to create something at that same time.
You may notice my referral is for “Surf”. I call my intervention class Surf Lessons. I’ll talk more about that later in the Intervention Series when I talk about creating a positive intervention environment.
The paper referral process was OK the first year, but it had some drawbacks. Homeroom teachers have a lot to do and a piece of paper can easily be misplaced. There were a few times teachers told me the put a referral in my box but I never saw it. Sometimes, I’d get a referral that wasn’t complete and I’d have to ask a lot of follow up questions.
My second year, I made a free website on Weebly.
I created a Google Form and teams submitted the referrals through the website.
THIS. WAS. AMAZING.
Some teachers are nervous about technology but a Google Form is easy to fill out. My favorite part was that I could require certain fields so every form I received had all the information filled out. It also records when the form was turned in which can be helpful if you set deadlines.
I basically asked all the same questions as on the paper form.
If you aren’t familiar with Google Forms, I encourage you to watch a tutorial or play around with it. There are countless uses for Google Forms. I used them this year for referrals, for creating a yard duty schedule, to check in with teachers about what was working and wasn’t working about Surf Lessons… the possibilities are endless. Here is a WikiHow on Google Forms.
Now that we teachers have told me what they want me to teach and to whom, it is time to get organized. Be sure to check back soon for tips about organizing intervention students and their data.
If you hopped on in the middle of this series, you can check in at the first part here.