Lesson study originated in Japan, where
it was known as jugyokenkyu. In this
professional development program,
teachers are engaged in
Looking at student thinking
Thinking deeply about mathematics
Examining their teaching
Lesson study is much more than a way
of planning lessons. The goal is gradual,
incremental improvements in teaching
over time, a continuous process of
Lesson Study Cycle
Steps in Lesson Study
What qualities do you want students to develop? (e.g.,
problem-solving ability, confidence)
What mathematics will the lesson address?
Plan the lesson as a group (in lesson study this can take several
months; we’ll have about 3 weeks)
Teach the lesson - one teacher, with others observing (we’ll have
to use video)
Debrief, discuss, and revise the lesson
Teach the revised lesson (another class, another teacher)
Repeat the cycle
Reflect and share the results
Did you feel that the goals you chose for
your lesson study were important to
How did the activities focus your
attention on student learning?
In your lesson study work, how did you
act as a researcher?
How did this process make you a more
Were you able to work collaboratively
with your lesson study group?