Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol.
Sheltered Instruction is an approach to teaching that extends time students have for receiving English language support while they learn content subjects. Sheltered Instruction classrooms integrate language and content while infusing social-cultural awareness. Teachers scaffold instruction to aid student comprehension of content topics and objectives by adjusting their speech and instructional tasks, and by providing background information and experiences. The ultimate goal is accessibility for ELLs to grade-level content standards and concepts while they continue to improve their English language proficiency.
Sheltered Instruction has become a preferred instructional approach for teaching ELLs, especially at the secondary level, as schools must prepare students to achieve high academic standards and to demonstrate English proficiency.