Classroom Interaction

Did you know that your classroom may be the only place your English Learners have to practice speaking English? They most likely speak in their native language before and after school, during breaks, recess, and lunch if they have friends who speak the same language. In order for ELs to become proficient speakers of English, we must give them frequent opportunities to interact in English with teachers and other students.

The Interaction Component of the SIOP Model includes: Frequent opportunities for interaction and discussion between teacher and student and among students, which encourage elaborated responses about lesson concepts; Grouping configurations support language and content objectives of the lesson; Sufficient wait time for student responses consistently provided; Ample opportunities for students to clarify key concepts in L1 (1st Language) as needed with aide, peer, or L1 text.

Research on Student Interaction

"Find Your Match" Interaction Activity

Each student is given an index card with information on it that matches the information on another students' card [example: words and definitions; antonyms and synonyms; generals and battles; characters and story titles; math problems and solutions, ect.]

First- students mix with each other, and read aloud the information on their cards. After students have had plenty of time to share their information, the teacher calls time. Students are then given the task of finding their matches by describing [not reading] what is on their cards. If students are learning about geometric shapes, student #1 has the word parallelogram written on his card, and student #2 has the definition of parallelogram on hers. While searching for their matches, student #1 listens to student #2 use her own words to describe a parallelogram. When the two students with a match find each other, they move to the side of the room until everyone is finished. Finally, all partners read both of their cards to the rest of the class.

"Find Your Match" Activity for Black History Month

January will be over before we know it. Hopefully, you will get a chance to use this activity before it ends, but if not, the PDF documents attached in your newsletter email provide the perfect opportunity for students to brush up on their knowledge of Black History, as well as help them engage in student-to-student interaction.

The Interaction Component of SIOP can be Utilized to Promote Meaningful Discussion in any Content Area