Student to Student Interaction and SIOP
SIOP and Student to Student Interaction
The 8 components of the SIOP framework cover everything from lesson preparation, to reviewing the lesson you taught. Each component is further broken down into more measurable features like giving clear instructions or engaging students 90-100% of the time. In all, there are 30 features in the SIOP framework.
There are a number of things that make the SIOP framework unique. First is its consistent and persistent attention to language. Present in almost all of the components is one or more mentions of this important aspect of learning. Secondly, SIOP encourages teachers to get students to interact with one another in meaningful ways.
Let's look at the fifth component of the SIOP framework: Interaction. This component highlights how to get students to interact with one another, the teacher, and their native language.
SIOP Component #5: Interaction
The 5th component of SIOP is Interaction. Notice its four features:
Let's unpack these: SIOP feature by SIOP feature.
The inclusion of discussion time provides the teacher with the opportunity to connect with students and to assess their thinking in a formative manner.
In fact, even more powerful than teacher-student discussions are student-student dicussions. They still provide teachers with opportunities for assessment (perhaps even more so), and the increase the number of opportunities the students have to share with one another. This, afterall, is what most students crave.
- First of all, more students tend to want to answer.
- Also, the quality (not just the quantity) of the responses increases.
- Finally, wait time also increases the percentage of correct responses.
Interaction is key. The SIOP framework challenges teachers to consider how students are going to interact with the content, the language and one another in meaningful ways. These four features all address one aspect of interaction and what the teacher can do to promote it in the classroom.
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