The fourth SIOP component, Strategies, looks at strategies from the learner's perspective and the teacher's perspective. One of the most powerful strategies a teacher can use is breaking things down into digestible chunks for the students. This is called scaffolding. There are many different models of scaffolding out there. One of the most common is known as the gradual release of responsibility. Scaffolding a lesson properly accomplishes a number of things:
The authors of SIOP encourage teachers to scaffold consistently throughout the lesson. This is important.
The Gradual Release of Responsibility is one of the most well-known models of scaffolding. In this model, there are four stages in this model:
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