SIOP Strategies and Scaffolding
SIOP provides learning & teaching strategies
SIOP Component #4: StrategiesThe SIOP (Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol) Framework, designed to support teaching and learning, has 8 components. (Overview of SIOP)
- Provide ample opportunities for students to use strategies (e.g. Problem-solving, predicting, organizing, summarizing, categorizing, evaluating, self-monitoring).
- Use scaffolding techniques consistently throughout the lesson.
- Use a variety of question types including those that promote higher-order thinking skills throughout.
Scaffolding, Strategies, & SIOP
|Effective Readers use Strategies Effectively|
Once again, only a small percentage of students come already equipped with strong, higher-order thinking skills. Yet, as in so many other cases, the vast majority of students need much more transparent learning opportunities. These students need conscious, scaffolded support to cultivate these skills and to move from being unconsciously unskilled to consciously skilled (more on Conscious Competence Matrix).
SIOP reminds teachers of the significance of HOTS in learning and the importance of modeling HOTS in teaching.
These three features ripple throughout the SIOP framework. For example, when planning (Lesson Preparation) we should consider giving students opportunities to use learning strategies and develop HOTS no matter what we are teaching. Likewise, we can't plan effectively without scaffolding students into owning the language and content of the lesson. Glancing at the other 7 SIOP components will immediately show connecting threads between the 3 features of Strategies and the other 27 features of SIOP.
|When learning is scaffolded correctly, it is more enjoyable.|
Just imagine being able to empower your students with learning strategies no matter what you're teaching. Just imagine being able to scaffold anything. Just imagine being able to crack the code on critical thinking. Those three gifts are waiting for any teacher who chooses to focus on developing them.
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