Nothing makes concepts clearer than giving a variety of opportunities for students. Rarely, is one opportunity enough for all students to understand. After all, they are the ones who need to do the heavy lifting.
The 12th feature of SIOP deals with making sure students are getting the content. It's important to consider the idea of variety when we present something. Students don't learn at the same speed nor do they learn the exact same way. Teachers need to consider how a variety of opportunities can help all students grasp the important concepts in class.
Students are almost always better off when teachers vary their approach to working with classroom concepts and language. Spicing things up with a little variety is more engaging (just remember how torturing some teachers' lectures were when you were in school). Also, approaching things from a variety of different angles invites all learners to the party (we may all be drawn towards different learning mediums). Providing more opportunities also recycles important language and concepts which also makes things more comprehensible.
Once the teacher senses a lack of comprehension, there are a number of things that s/he can do to try and make the content more accessible. Here are 5 proven strategies that you can use to set all of your students up for success:
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