SIOP Feature #7: Explicitly link concepts to students' backgrounds & experiences
The first feature that falls under this component of SIOP asks the teacher to explicitly begin a lesson by linking the concepts of the lesson to the students and their lives. Taking time at the beginning of a lesson to do this supports the learner in a variety of different ways:
- Building Background mollifies anxiety.
- It also helps students draw connections between their lives and school content.
- It gives the teacher a great chance to assess where the students are in relation to the lesson.
- Building Background engages students as their curiosity builds.
- Not Explicit: The teacher writes the topic on the board and tells the students what they should have already learned about it in previous classes.
- Explicit: The teacher shows students the topic and a list of vocabulary terms associated with it. S/he then, asks students to share one thing they know about the topic with a partner.
Ways to Explicitly link concepts in the classroom
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