An intervention teacher plays a key role in assisting students who are experiencing difficulties in the classroom. One example is the recent “Holiday Phonics” lessons in which, working within tier three groups, interventionists use a multi-sensory approach to help students navigate sounds, thereby increasing their phonemic awareness. Vowel teams, glued sounds, bonus letters, patterns and digraphs all come into play as we move from simple to more complex decoding. As students understand the relationship between sounds and letters, they are more equipped to decipher trickier texts and needn’t rely on picture clues that aren’t always available. By providing small group instruction in these kinds of engaging ways, students who otherwise might fall behind are achieving their learning goals.