The End-of-Cycle Reflection
You’ve now completed a Lesson Study Cycle, from thinking about your goals to bringing them to life in an actual lesson, to seeing what happened when the rubber met the road.
Take some time to consolidate your learning from the cycle. You can do this immediately following the post-lesson discussion, but many teams prefer to do it a few days or a week later. It may be useful to reflect on the following prompts individually and then discuss them as a team.
- The subject matter
- Student thinking
- Professional learning habits, such as anticipating student thinking, examining student work, or studying outside resources and curriculum materials
- Making Lesson Study useful and efficient
- Our research theme and how to pursue it at our school—for example, routines we want to encourage or new approaches we want to try
- Welcoming others into our work
Share Your Learning
Opportunities to Share
Most school-wide Lesson Study has been built by teachers who find opportunities to share their work with colleagues–who make presentations at faculty meetings and invite colleagues to observe and discuss research lessons.
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. More recently, Alex Laughlin-Johansen presented a 4th-grade research lesson on fractions at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference in Chicago.
Please feel free to reach out to the Lesson Study Group at Mills College to share your experiences and findings. We will connect you with opportunities to share your work more broadly if we can.
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!)