Giving clear instructions is a challenge.
TESOL Trainers K-12 Professional Development
SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) is an instructional framework that has been used in K-12 schools since the 80s.
While SIOP was developed originally as a support tool for English Learners, educators quickly found that its 8 components and 30 features supported all learners in the classroom.
Let's examine why teachers should use SIOP and how TESOL Trainers can help.
Best Practices in Teaching English language learners
There are five key skills that any teacher can develop to set their students up for success. A teacher who focuses on strengthening these skills will find teaching more enjoyable and more fruitful.
In fact, no matter what or who we teach, these are five essential teaching skills that will benefit the teacher and learners.
These skills are covered in depth during our TESOL Certificate course along with a host of other positive teaching practices. TESOL Trainers provides K-12 professional development on all of these topics.
5 Critical Teaching Skills
Giving effective instructions is more than just informing students about what they are going to do. Strategies like chunking instructions, modeling, and visual aids make everything much clearer. Developing the teaching skill of providing clear instructions has a lot of benefits:
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Checking for comprehension is critical in being able to measure what the students’ needs are. Strategies such as getting students to show, model, use, and demonstrate give a teacher a sense of how to proceed. Comprehension checking pays off in many ways:
Scaffolding students into success happens when we are able to break down the lesson just enough to move students from one phase of the lesson to the next without losing or confusing them. Teaching in digestible chunks produces so many rewards:
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As teachers we must make every moment in the classroom an opportunity to actively practice the language. Students need a variety of opportunities to interact with the language in order to internalize it. You can imagine the benefits of looking for ways to maximize the number of opportunities students have:
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In order to develop as teachers, we not only have to become critical observers of learning but also conscious teaching practitioners. The mere act of teaching a lesson and thinking, ‘Opps. That didn’t go well’ does not inherently mean tomorrow’s lesson will be any better. Developing teaching skills demands conscious attention to past experiences, present assumptions, and future actions.
The more we train this awareness, the more we tend to inform and transform our teaching practices. There is, perhaps, no such thing as a perfect teaching lesson; but every lesson is the perfect opportunity to learn. Ultimately, we find ourselves noticing this 'in the moment' and are able to respond to what the students' needs are.
Essential Teaching Skills
Certainly, there many other skills that we should constantly hone as teachers: error correction, classroom management, teaching learning strategies, etc. These five teaching skills are worth developing as they have a powerful impact on all others.
When we provide clear instructions, things go so much smoother. As we continuously check for understanding, we keep our students and ourselves on our toes. When we scaffold a lesson, we encourage risk taking. Giving students a ton of opportunities just makes sense. Finally, the more we pay attention to what supports or stifles learning, the more we learn about teaching.
For more on the essential teaching skills, visit our sister blog - Everything Teaching TESOL.
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We are an educational consulting firm that works with educational institutions in the USA and abroad. We provide high quality professional development from Working with English Language Learners and SIOP strategies to Reflective Teaching Practices and Multicultural Education. Our programs can be designed as traditional-style professional development, online, or a combination (hybrid course) of the two. In addition, TESOL Trainers has been offering the SIT TESOL Certificate course to people interested in teaching overseas for the past 14 years. Contact us for more information on we can help you support excellence in teaching and in learning at your institution or how you can become a TESOL certified teacher.
John Kongsvik is the director of TESOL Trainers. He works around the world with educational institutions in providing TESOL training, SIOP professional development, and much more.
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As teachers, we know how important it is to check students’ comprehension. This is an essential teaching skill no matter what subject it is.
Being able to receive real-time evidence of learning is critical to keeping students moving towards the lesson’s objective.
From comprehension checking come a virtual cornucopia of benefits for both the teacher and learner.
Benefits of Checking for Student Comprehension
Effective comprehension checking strategies support the teaching and the learning that occurs in the classroom. With so many advantages, it’s puzzling that we don’t check for comprehension as often as we should.
Some of the reasons teachers may shy away from comprehension checks have to do with how they may be perceived. The bulk of these perceptions can be summarized with the following teacher comments on why they do not do a lot of comprehension checks in their classrooms:
Misconceptions & Comprehension Checks
Myths about checking for student comprehension...