Share Your Learning
The insights from your Lesson Study cycle don’t have to stay with just your team.
How Can You Share Your Learning?
Most school-wide Lesson Study in the U.S. has been built by teachers who have invited colleagues into their work by making presentations at faculty meetings, inviting colleagues to observe and discuss research lessons, or holding research lessons open to all teachers at the school.
Lesson Study has spread across the U.S. as teachers have presented their work in public lessons, at conferences, and in educational journals. Your Teaching-Learning Plan and reflections on what the cycle has taught you may constitute the core of a presentation, report, or journal article.
You can find examples of such articles in Language Arts, where Jackie Hurd and Lori Ricciardo-Musso shared their learning from a lesson study cycle on comprehension of expository text, and in History Teacher, where Alameda County (California) teachers describe a cycle focused on increasing student understanding of the economic and moral dimensions of slavery.
Large public research lessons are a major way that educators spread education innovations in Japan, and are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. For example, Lesson Study Alliance sponsors annual conferences with public research lessons , and a recent regional meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics included a live 4th grade research lesson on fractions.
Celebrate Your Learning
It takes courage for teachers in the United States to pioneer lesson study. Your Lesson Study group has taken risks to break down the walls that often isolate American teachers. You have demonstrated your commitment to self-improvement in ways that may ripple through your school and beyond. Whatever else you do, be sure to congratulate and celebrate yourselves and your work! The post-lesson Happy Hour or dinner out is a Japanese tradition that transfers happily to the U.S. (Hint: The lesson instructor gets treated!)