STRATEGY OF THE MONTH FOR ELs
MS. BROOKS AND MS. KING
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
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.