Sheltered Instruction and SIOP
What is Sheltered Instruction?
Sheltered Instruction is a teaching method in which the instructor adapts lessons and activities to ensure that all students, regardless of English language proficiency can understand, use, and actively engage in learning the content. SI is not only for ESOL teachers, it is meant for classroom teachers at any grade level. .
What is SIOP?
SIOP stands for Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. It is simply, SI at a further stage of evolution. Sheltered Instruction exists in various forms but SIOP entails 30 components compiled and formalized into a system. The developers of SIOP are Jana Echevarria, MaryEllen Vogt and Deborah J. Short. The foundational text for SIOP is Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners.
The "observation protocol" part of SIOP concerns regular and consistent evaluation of the components to determine how effectively you are implementing them. The text has a simply designed observation template in its appendix. The authors have published a number of useful texts on the subject, including books for administrators, elementary teachers, and teachers of various subject areas.
SIOP is becoming one of the most widely utilized methods for teaching ELL in the U.S. It is scientifically supported with research and SIOP is endorsed by the Center for Applied Linguistics.
_Here is a link to an article from Brown University about Sheltered Instruction
If you don’t know much about SIOP, here is a great link to start your reading.
And for those of you with more experience this page contains a well-organized outline of the SIOP model. It includes sample activities in most of the sections. This is a great resource for giving your colleagues a snapshot view of the most important aspects of SIOP.
Here are my SIOP files:
The content of the cheat sheet is gathered from multiple sources. The template is from Making Content Comprehensible for English Language Learners. The lesson plan was created by me. The plan also includes clip art and instructions for a great tool that encourages interaction in a small group.