Here's my August currently:
Also, bloggy friends, I want to introduce a new feature to my blog: SIOP Saturdays!
Background: I just completed a 3-day training in my school district about using the SIOP model for instruction. I also took a class about it a few years ago as part of my path toward my bilingual and ESL endorsements. I think it is such a fantastic method for teachers to use, not only for ELL students, but for ANY students! So I decided that once a week, on Saturdays (because then my teaching week will be over, and also because SIOP and Saturday both start with S, so it makes sense!) I will highlight a feature of the SIOP model, and list a few examples of strategies that teachers can implement in their classrooms to address each feature!
Disclaimer: Let it be known, these are all MY opinions. I am neither being told to, nor receiving any form of compensation for, explaining SIOP. The book Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP Model is written by Jana Echevarria, MaryEllen Vogt, and Deborah J. Short, and copyright by Pearson Education, Inc. Hopefully that's everything I need to include to make sure proper credit is presented where it is due. :)
Today's Feature: Overview of SIOP
I'm curious...how many teachers who are not Bilingual/ESL teachers already know what SIOP stands for, or use any of the features in their classrooms? I know I had never heard of it before I began pursuing my bilingual/ESL endorsements.
SIOP stands for Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. What is it? It is an empirically validated model of sheltered instruction. (Those of you unfamiliar with sheltered instruction, that term means that the teacher adapts instruction in order to make the material more easily learned. The same typical curricular standards are being addressed, but the manner of addressing them may vary based on student language skills). In simple words, SIOP provides a framework for teachers to use in lesson planning and delivery in order to be more mindful about WHAT they are teaching and HOW the students will learn the material and practice language skills.
There are 30 specific features of the SIOP model, and these features are grouped into 8 main components:
Lesson PreparationBuilding Background
My goal for this series is to address one of these components each Saturday, highlight the features that are specific to each component, and show some examples of strategies (when applicable) that can be integrated into classroom instruction to promote student engagement and student success. I hope you will join me through this series! Next week I'll start with Lesson Preparation! :)
(Also, through the typing of this post, the rain came and went, and brought old leaks and new. Ceiling leaked again (but this time just through the hole he made, so I guess that was a good call on his part!) and also the frame above my patio door. Sad face again.)