Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Topic: Lesson Study--What Is It?

10-second review: Teachers study, analyze and discuss the presentation of lessons, especially from the point of view of the students.

Title: “Lesson Study: Teacher-Led Professional Development in Literacy Instruction.” J Hurd and L Licciardo-Mussa. Language Arts (May 2005). The elementary school publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: Groups of teachers (4 to 6). Raise question. Develop a lesson plan to try to answer a question.

Sample questions: “How can I organize my writer’s workshop so that students are less dependent on me?” “How can I design a spelling program that is challenging and yet accessible to all students?” “How should I teach subtraction [in math] so that students stop making silly mistakes?”

The goal? See the lesson from the point of view of the student. The greatest effect of the process was “…developing the habit to view a lesson from the lens of a student, analyzing student thinking and misconceptions, anticipating student outcomes, reflecting on the data of student work samples….”

Comment: A very worthwhile goal. RayS.

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