Effective Teaching Strategy: Content objectives must be clearly stated, displayed, and reviewed. In the SIOP Model it's a good practice to write the standard/content objectives as "I can" statement is easy to understand students language.
Effective Teaching Strategy: Teachers using the SIOP Model should always build upon a student's prior knowledge. One effective way of accomplishing this is with partner reading. The teacher provides a K-W-L chart to each partner set and they complete the chart as they read and discuss. This strategy gives the teacher a better understanding of their background knowledge before beginning a new standard.
Effective Teaching Strategy: Speak appropriately to accommodate students' proficiency level. Clearly explain academic tasks to students for further understanding. This is not to be confused with "dumbing down" the classroom, but rather ensuring that the teacher is speaking clearly at a level the ELLs can understand.
Effective Teaching Strategies: Consistently use scaffolding techniques throughout a lesson. When teachers properly scaffold a lesson, ELLs have a better time understanding the "what to do" of a lesson. They can feel confident in their skills when a lesson has been properly scaffolded and explained.
Effective Teaching Strategies: Group students to support language and content objectives. Students will have proven success when they work together toward a common goal. In many cases, students can help and push each other toward ELL goals.
Effective Teaching Strategies: Supply lots of hands on materials. Students have a greater chance of mastering content objectives when given multiple opportunities to practice. This can be accomplished through manipulatives or "hands on" experiences. Real learning can be accomplished through proper and meaningful practice in a real world setting.
Effective Teaching Strategies: Lesson delivery should always include content and language objectives to be stated orally, followed by writing them on the board clearly for all to see. Limit objectives to one or two per lesson. By delivering lessons in small "chunks", such as limiting objectives to one or two per lesson, ELL students will know the direction of a lesson and can review those objectives as they go forth with a lesson.
Effective Teaching Strategies: Proper assessment for ELL students involves using assessments that have real life context. Meaningful learning for ELL students is best when there is a real life application. Another strategy for assessment of ELLs in the SIOP Model is utilizing multidimensional assessments. The assessment should never just be a "written examination". ELL students can comprehend the content objectives best through a variety of assessments such as projects, interviews, videos, etc.