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A study of... Lesson Study


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Introduction to lesson study and how it can strengthen PLCs. Focus on role of facilitators and members

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A study of... Lesson Study

  1. 1. A Study in … Lesson Study Workshop Maths and CPD for Subject Advisors Kroonstad, March 24-26, 2015
  2. 2. Outline • What is lesson study? • What are typical steps in a lesson study? • How does lesson study look like in action?
  3. 3. In-School Teacher Professional Development “Countries that wish to improve the effectiveness of professional development provided to teachers should increase the amount and variation of school embedded offerings such as mentoring and coaching, creating networks of teachers who learn together, and supporting collaborative research and instructional problem solving by teachers. Non-school embedded professional development such as conferences, seminars, courses and workshops, especially those that take place outside of the school where teachers are employed, should be limited as they are associated with low levels of reported impact on instruction.”
  4. 4. Lesson Study Cycle 1. Plan 2. Do 3. Check 4. Action
  5. 5. Lesson Study in 10 Steps 1. Identify teacher & topic 2. Plan next steps 3. Research on topic 4. Lesson plan prepar ation 5. Lesson Plan Discussion 6. “Mock” lesson & feedback 7. Lesson plan adapted 8. Implement Lesson in Class & collect data 9. Discuss data 10. Adapt Lesson Plan
  6. 6. Steps 1 & 2: Planning & Preparation • Collaborative • Learner reactions • Expectations for lesson • Rationale for questions • Teachers as professionals • Needs-based • Facilitator (subject advisor)
  7. 7. Step 3: Observation & Data Analysis • Observation tool • Focus on learner behaviour – Many eyes – Intermingle with pairs – Facilitator participates • Decide on focus – Bloom’s taxonomy – Questioning – Motivation – Learner activities
  8. 8. Step 4: Discussion & Adapting Lesson • Reflection • Data-driven • Questions for improvement • Different perspective • Tacit knowledge made explicit • Lesson can always be improved
  9. 9. Lesson Study and PLCs • Underlying vision on CPD is similar – Collaborative, data driven, needs-based, continuous, school- based… – Teachers take responsibility for own professional learning • Lesson study can be framework for PLC • Link with other activities – Bring in external expertise in planning phase. – Discuss how to use manipulatives, ICT… – Integrate innovative teaching and learning strategies • Subject advisor – Participant or facilitator
  10. 10. Lesson Study Allows teachers to focus on a concept that is challenging to teach and difficult for learners to understand © Max Boschini
  11. 11. Potential for ICT • Using low cost video equipment to record lesson parts for peer learning • Share lesson plans digitally • Store final lesson plans in central (online) location • Use ICT to arrange & communicate venue & data • Attach digital artefacts to digital portfolio