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Overview of SIOP in education

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What is SIOP?
SIOP, or Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, is a research based, instructional framework that teachers can use when planning, teaching, and reflecting upon their lessons.
SIOP encourages teachers to design and deliver student-centered lessons that maximize student opportunities to interact with the language, the content, and their peers in meaningful ways.
TESOL Trainers offers K-12 SIOP Training online and around the world.  Our remote PD is interactive and inspiring.  Our staff development will transform how your educators approach teaching and learning.
The History of SIOP
It used to be a mystery how to help English language learners succeed in the content area classroom.  Few K-12 instructors had adequate training in how best to work with ELs in the content area classroom.  Thus, educators began researching what teaching practices were best in working with non-native English speakers.
When SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) was originally designed, it was created as a tool for observing how teachers in their classrooms supported ELs through ‘sheltered instruction’.  As the researchers (Jana Echevarria and Mary Ellen Vogt, from California State University, Long Beach) were developing this observation tool, they discovered how beneficial SIOP could be as an instructional model.
Presently, the SIOP framework is used in all K-12 settings as a means of supporting English learners and English speaking students alike.
SIOP Overview
SIOP is broken down into 8 categories for teachers to consider when planning and teaching a lesson.    Each one of these components captures a critical component of teaching.
Each of these 8 SIOP components is broken down into features (30 in all) that serve to further define its purpose.
For example, within the SIOP component Lesson Preparation, you will find features like creating content and language objectives.  Engaging students 90-100% of the time is a feature that is found under the Lesson Delivery component. Overview of SIOP in education  
What are the benefits of using SIOP to guide our planning and teaching?
SIOP encourages teachers to design and deliver student-centered lessons that connect them to the language, content, and one another.
SIOP maximizes opportunities to interact with the language, the content, and their peers in meaningful ways. 
SIOP asks that teachers plan activities that incorporate all four-language domains:  speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
SIOP challenges teachers to engage their students 90-100% of the time in a variety of ways.
SIOP reminds teachers to put an equal emphasis on language as they do on content in both planning and teaching.
SIOP helps teachers remember that at every moment in the lesson their students must be doing something with the content and the language.
SIOP pushes teachers expect more from their students and to scaffold more to support them.
SIOP encourages teachers to be more aware when planning and when teaching to make content comprehensible.
SIOP helps all students succeed, regardless of their native language.  SIOP gives teachers tools to design and deliver effective lessons.
SIOP Resources
SIOP can be a fabulous tool that K12 teachers can use to support them as the plan lessons, while they teach them, and when they reflect upon them.  Keeping the SIOP framework in mind can remind teachers of what they can do to set all of their students up for success.  A complete list of this framework is here: SIOP Components and Features.   
TESOL Trainers can help teachers make sense of SIOP and how to use it as a means of supporting teaching and learning.  We offer traditional and remote professional development to K-12 educators.  Our teacher training workshops on SIOP can give educators an overview of the framework and how it can be used to boost student achievement.  We also offer an in-depth look at each SIOP component and their individual features. 
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