Lesson study is a simple idea: If you want to improve instruction, what could be more obvious than collaborating with fellow teachers to plan instruction and examine its impact on students? In Lesson Study, teachers bring their own questions to the table and seek answers from one another, from outside specialists and research, and from careful study of students.
How It Works
A team engaged in Lesson Study moves through a cycle with four phases:
Examines the unit and chooses one lesson to plan in depth
Articulates the lesson goals
Tries the lesson task and anticipates student thinking
Identifies data to be collected during the lesson
The team puts that lesson into action:
One team member teaches the lesson
Other team members observe and record student thinking and learning
The team then reflects on their work by:
Meeting after the lesson to discuss data on student thinking and learning
Having an outside specialist provide further commentary
Reflecting on what they learned during the cycle as a whole
The real “product” of a Lesson Study cycle is much more than just one polished lesson. As a team collaborates to improve instruction, they deepen their knowledge of content and student thinking and their commitment to working together to improve instruction.
To learn about the principles behind Lesson Study and hear from teachers who have used it, visit Why Lesson Study? To begin your work in Lesson Study, visit Conduct a Cycle.