Sunday, September 23, 2012

SIOP Saturday 8: Lesson Delivery

Lesson delivery is the seventh component of the SIOP model.

Here's the whole framework:

Lesson Preparation
Building Background
Comprehensible Input
Lesson Delivery

The lesson delivery component reminds teachers to stay on track with their teaching, sticking to the objectives they have laid out for their students.  It also discusses student engagement.  This component contains the next four features:

23. Content objectives clearly supported by lesson delivery
Objectives should be both stated orally and displayed in writing, in student-friendly terms.  Many schools, my own included, choose to have these phrased as "I Can" statements.  Before the lesson, during the lesson, and after the lesson is finished, the teacher and students should refer to these objectives to see how well they are being met.

24. Language objectives clearly supported by lesson delivery
These language objectives can be related to ESL standards, or they may be related to a teachers' own scope and sequence of the language skills that their students may need to develop.  Just like the content standards, these should be stated orally and in writing, in student-friendly terms, and referred to throughout the lesson.

25. Students engaged approximately 90% to 100% of the period
Students should be paying attention and on task, following the lesson, and responding to teacher direction, as well as performing the activities that are expected of them.  The more that a student participates during a lesson, the more he or she will gain from the learning experience.

26. Pacing of the lesson is appropriate to students' ability levels
The pace depends upon the lesson's content, as well as the students' background knowledge.  Finding an appropriate pace is also a tricky element when working with ELLs of varying language skills.  It is also important to note that teachers should make full use of the time they are allotting to any given lesson.

*Think Pair Share - when the teacher poses a question, students should think of their answer, share with a partner, and then the teacher can call on a few students to share their answers with the whole class.  This way students have a greater chance of more time being actively involved.
*"Chunk and Chew" is a technique teachers can use that states for every ten minutes of input, students should be given a chance to discuss or reflect on the information they just learned.

What are some other lesson delivery techniques you use in your classroom?

Next Saturday's topic: Review/Assessment