Finalize the Teaching-Learning Plan
The Teaching-Learning Plan is designed to capture and share your team’s thinking and learning. In this step, you’ll put the finishing touches on your plan.
Make Final Adjustments
The Teaching-Learning Plan captures what you have learned so far in the lesson study cycle, for your team’s use and to inform other educators.
Read over the Teaching-Learning plan and identify any sections that need to be updated. For example, make sure that the Background and Research section (#3) and the Rationale for the Design of Instruction (#4) capture your team’s learning to date, and that the Research Lesson Goals and Plan (#8 and #9 on the Plan template) reflect what you learned from the mock-up lesson. It may also be necessary to adjust the Unit Plan to reflect the actual progress of the learning by the target class. The gaps between what you initially planned and what unfolded can be informative to readers of the Teaching-Learning Plan.
As needed, update the Background and Research section (#3), Rationale for the Design of Instruction (#4), Goals of Unit (# 5), Unit Plan (#6), Goal of the Research Lesson (#8) and Research Lesson Plan (#9).
Do a Final Read-through
As you do a final read-through of the Teaching-Learning Plan, try to imagine the experience of a first-time reader of your plan. Can the reader understand what you learned about the topic and its teaching-learning? Can they understand why you designed the unit and lesson as you did, and what data to collect during the lesson?
Teaching-Learning Plans can take on different styles; we have provided some examples of plans created by experienced Lesson Study practitioners.