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Leading Lesson Study
A Practical Guide for Teachers and Facilitators

Foreword by Bill Jackson



December 2006 | 232 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

Published in Association with Learning Point Associates

"Provides readers with a compelling rationale for the process, offers experience-tested tools, and suggests ways to address commonly-occurring challenges. This book will assist teachers, and those who support them, in understanding and implementing all phases of lesson study, from initial planning through sharing with others what was learned."
—Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"A powerful teacher professional development process that focuses collaborative teams directly on the classroom, and the perfect tool for teachers, professional developers, and team leaders. Gives you everything you need to use lesson study to support teachers in thinking deeply about practice."
—Roberta Jaffe, Science Education Coordinator, New Teacher Center, University of California, Santa Cruz

Use this team-centered approach to directly enhance teaching and learning in your school!

First introduced in Japan, lesson study has gained enthusiastic advocates in US educational circles as a powerful, collaborative approach that brings teachers together as researchers into the science and craft of teaching and learning in their classrooms. Teachers work as teams to develop a lesson plan, teach and observe the lesson to collect data on student learning, and use their observations to refine their lesson. Participants build their sense of professional authority while discovering effective practices that result in improved learning outcomes for their students.

This "how-to" guide provides teachers, administrators, and team leaders with practical strategies, models, and tools. The book leads a beginning team through the phases of the lesson study cycle and provides an experienced team with new perspectives. Using examples from U.S. classrooms, this handbook:

  • Encourages educators to generate and share knowledge
  • Inspires a teacher-researcher stance
  • Illustrates both the process and substance of lesson study
  • Encourages collaboration
  • Provides guidelines for avoiding common pitfalls

Leading Lesson Study is an excellent resource for both experienced and novice lesson study teams, administrators who want to start a lesson study program, and lesson study team facilitators such as instructional coaches and professional development providers.

 
Foreword by Bill Jackson
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction—Making the Case for Lesson Study
An Overview of Lesson Study  
Core Elements of Lesson Study  
Building a Research Base for Lesson Study  
 
2. Laying the Groundwork for Lesson Study
Beginning With the Necessary Ingredients  
Additional Supports  
Creating a Lesson Study Action Plan  
Inviting Teachers to Participate  
Finding Time  
Gaining Support From Administrators  
Finding External Support  
Developing a Collaborative School Culture  
Challenges of Laying the Groundwork  
Moving on to the Next Phase  
Key Ideas  
 
3. Starting the Lesson Study Cycle
Roles and Responsibilities  
Creating the Schedule  
Developing Into a Team  
Identifying Group Norms  
Maintaining Group Norms  
Becoming a Community of Practice  
Types of Lesson Study Goals  
Key Ideas  
 
4. Planning the Research Lesson
Process for Planning the Lesson  
Investigating Teaching Materials  
Step 1: Identify the Topic  
Step 2: Map the Unit  
Step 3: Identify Goals  
Step 4: Create the Lesson Plan  
Reflecting and Assessing Progress  
Moving on to the Next Phase  
Key Ideas  
 
5. Teaching, Observing, and Debriefing
Roles and Responsibilities  
Preparing for the Observation and Debriefing  
The Pre-Observation Meeting  
Teaching and Observing the Lesson  
Conducting the Debriefing  
Preparing for the Revision  
Challenges of the Debriefing  
Reflecting and Assessing Progress  
Moving on to the Next Phase  
Key Ideas  
 
6. Revising and Reteaching the Lesson
Why Revise and Reteach?  
Process for Revising the Lesson  
Step 1: Gather and Review the Data  
Step 2: Analyze the Data  
Step 3: Identify Needed Changes  
Step 4: Revise the Lesson Plan  
Challenges of the Revision Process  
Reteaching and Focusing the Debriefing  
Reflecting and Assessing Progress  
Moving on to the Next Phase  
Key Ideas  
 
7. Reflecting and Sharing Results
Importance of Reflection  
Lesson Study Reports  
Process for Developing the Report  
Alternatives to a Report  
Evaluating Lesson Study  
Tying Reflection and Evaluation to a New Cycle of Lesson Study  
Key Ideas  
 
8. Growing and Sustaining Lesson Study
Maintaining Momentum  
Dealing With Turnover  
Adding Teams and Sites  
Embedding Lesson Study  
Hosting an Open House  
Goals for Teacher Learning  
Final Thoughts  
 
Resource A: Sample Research Lessons
 
Resource B: Frequently Asked Questions
 
Resource C: Additional Resources
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"Guides educational leaders in creating successful lesson study in American schools. The authors provide readers with a compelling rationale for the process, offer experience-tested tools, and suggest ways to address commonly-occurring challenges. This book will assist teachers, and those who support them, in understanding and implementing all phases of lesson study, from initial planning through sharing with others what was learned."

Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"Rightly argues that the quality of education can be better enhanced through the powerful and practical learning inherent in well-done lesson study than 'teacher-proofing' and other attempts to change the surface features of schools. Teachers need to help set the agenda for learning that is focused on the problems of their classrooms, have an opportunity to collaborate, and observe why lessons do or do not work in order to improve student learning. No process affords a more comprehensive and powerful learning opportunity than lesson study."

Alice Gill, Associate Director, Educational Issues Department
American Federation of Teachers

"A powerful teacher professional development process that focuses collaborative teams directly on the classroom, and the perfect tool for teachers, professional developers and team leaders. Gives you everything you need to use lesson study to support teachers in thinking deeply about practice. I can't wait to start using Leading Lesson Study with the science teachers I work with!"

Roberta Jaffe, Science Education Coordinator, New Teacher Center
University of California Santa Cruz

"Educators at all grade levels will appreciate the instruction that uses examples from US classrooms throughout."

California Bookwatch, March 2007

“Fulfills the subtitle’s promise to be a ‘practical guide,’ with numerous samples, examples, and worksheets. The authors have succeeded in creating a guide with rich potential to increase both the quantity and quality of lesson study work done in the United States.”

Education Review, November 2007
Key features
  • Features group activities
  • Lesson Study examples are based in the US, not Japan
  • Addresses the pitfalls and obstacles that lesson study teams will likely face
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Provides hands-on models, strategies, and tools

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1


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