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:
It's interesting to note that this feature begins with the phrase: "explicitly link". This is a challenge to the teacher to make things as transparent as s/he can. Some students need the transparency more than others; all students benefit from it. Some actions we take as teachers are more explicit than others.
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