Lesson Study is an inquiry cycle that supports teachers to experiment, observe and improve. As teachers work together to study student learning, schools become places where both students and teachers are passionate about learning.
A team of teachers asks: What do we want students to learn? What qualities do we want students to develop? They study the best materials they can related to these goals.
The research from the study phase helped me have a much deeper understanding of the standards. This kind of understanding lives with me beyond the Lesson Study cycle.
Middle School Teacher Oakland Unified School District
After analyzing what is known and debating the merits of various approaches, the team plans a lesson to bring to life their goals for student learning and development.
Planning a unit with my colleagues was incredibly valuable, especially when we discussed the student learning goals alongside our lesson design. We made informed choices about what makes the most sense for our students.
Kindergarten Teacher Chicago Public Schools
As one team member teaches the team’s lesson, the other team members carefully observe individual students, seeking to understand the lesson from students’ points of view.
This is my favorite part of the cycle – the pay off – when I see how proud the students are to have so many observers caring about how they think.
Bilingual Grade 3 Teacher San Francisco Unified School District
After the lesson, team members share their observations, building a picture of what worked and didn’t, and drawing out implications for this content and for their vision of student development.
Lesson Study is the deep dive that has touched on my values as a teacher and my knowledge foundation. When we reflect at the end of our Lesson Study cycle, it shows me how to carry my learning beyond the cycle and impacts how I show up daily for my students in the classroom.
3rd Grade Teacher Oakland Unified School District
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