Our campus utilizes Sheltered Instruction Plus. There are some set teaching strategies that as a campus we have all agreed to use and respect. We know that Academic Language is not common for all students. So, as a campus we believe that all students benefit from these teaching strategies. The SIP strategies are designed for second language learners but they are sound, best practices that all students benefit from.
The strategies that we have all agreed to implement include:
-posting daily learning and language objectives on the board
-posting a daily agenda
-randomization: calling on students randomly, not just the ones who are raising their hands
-students answering in complete sentences
-using sentence stems
-giving students options to respond to questions other than, " I don't know."
-print rich environments that support core subject learning
-evidence of reading and writing are found within the classroom
-create environments that are safe for student to participate, feel included and successful
These strategies are incorporated into our campus's daily practices. It is an expectation that all teachers use these strategies so that all students can benefit from the strategies.