What is Lesson Study?
Lesson Study is a professional development model that immerses teachers in a cycle of instructional improvement focused on planning, observing, and revising "research lessons." Over the course of a year, teachers in grade level teams write, study, teach, revise, and re-teach lessons, focusing their energies on improving mathematics instruction. While the lesson is taught by one of the teachers, others observe and collect data about student responses – a practice that leads to lesson revision. This long-term process allows a team of teachers to think carefully about orchestrating the complexities of instruction and to study the impact on student understanding.
2018-2019 School Year Dates:
- August 6th-7th Lesson Study Orientation Workshop (9am-4pm)
- Fall 2018- Cycle 1 October 1st-26th
- Winter 2019- Cycle 2 January 7th- 31st
- Spring 2019- Cycle 3 April 1st-26th
- June 10th Reflection Seminar 9am-12pm
- Each teacher must complete an application including required information and agree to conditions set forth in the guidelines.
- A limited amount of applications will be accepted, so please do not apply if you are not committed to being a part of a Lesson Study team in the upcoming school year.
- Applications will be accepted each year for the following school year. Applications open beginning May 27th and will close on July 7th.
- Each teacher will apply independently and will be paired with grade level teachers from nearby schools, or paired with your school grade level team if 3 or more team members from your grade level team apply.
- 2 credits are available and most years there is a stipend for travel.
Expectations of the Lesson Study Teams
- All teachers will participate in the Lesson Study Orientation Meeting in the assigned location in August.
- Teachers will participate fully in researching, planning, revising, teaching and/or observing, and analyzing a research lesson during all three cycles in the school year.
- Participate in the Lesson Study Reflection Seminar to be held in June.
- Complete a survey after each cycle of lesson study and a final reflection at the end of the year.
2018-2019 school year Lesson Study Application & Guidelines
What are Region 4 teachers saying about their Lesson Study pilot experience?
“This was a professional development that was well worth my time. It was not stressful being away from the class knowing that I could take what we do in this lesson study and apply it to my classroom. I love the opportunity to observe students and get inside their heads. It was also a great opportunity to collaborate with teachers in the same grade level who are facing the same questions and problems I face daily. Also this group of teachers are committed to growing professionally and that was a breath of fresh air.” -Grade 4 teacher
“I was able to look at math and teaching with a new perspective and really visualize and appreciate student growth and learning. I was able to see how changing a lesson to encompass student thinking and to be more student centered could truly encourage student growth and learning.” -Grade 1 teacher
“This lesson study was fabulous. There were so many deep and rich collaborative discussions throughout the entire day, which included listening to the students. I felt that, although it was a math lesson we wrote and studied and reflected on, what we really, truly learned that day is something that is important and applied through all subjects and classes. I'm so excited for the next cycle of Lesson Study!” -Grade 4 teacher
“This was just wonderful. I grew professionally by planning with others, watching how the lesson went by studying what the students did, and then revising the lesson to make instruction more effective. I can't wait for the next cycle!” –Grade 8 teacher
“I learned a lot about the thinking that students were doing. It was interesting watching other students and how they either attacked the lesson or how they hung back waiting for someone to help them. I also appreciated looking carefully at the task and asking what students will struggle with and how the task will advance the mathematics I am teaching.” -Grade 2 teacher
“Definitely the most meaningful PD I’ve had, and I want more of it!” –Grade 5 teacher
What is the Numeracy Project?
Have you ever wished you had a Diagnostic Assessment that would actually help you understand what a student knows and does not know in mathematics? Join us to learn about how to administer the GloSS and the IKAN diagnostics. Then, learn how to use the information from these diagnostics to accurately determine a course of action to support a struggling learner. Understand the Numeracy Stages and how you can make a difference by implementing intervention that truly targets what a student needs and then addresses those needs. The assessments and numeracy activities are available online as free resources.
For More Information
What do the materials and training cost?
The training and all materials are provided at no cost to participants.
What grades is this for?
Grades K-8; great for classroom teachers, Special Education teachers and Title teachers
Don't one-on-one interviews take too much time?
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Check out the Data Analysis and Planning Day at Paris Elementary.
Contact a Regional Math Specialist in your area. We can help provide credit, outlines, resources, and additional support.
Neep PD Credits
Online PD registristration is coming soon. In the meantime, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for book study credit.
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What if I don't have a device or camera to join in?
You can choose to join in through a phone call or we have webcams available for checkout for the book study period.
Can I participate asychronously?
Not at this time. The discussusions occur live via a collaborative conferencing software.
What is the Coaching Cycle?
Participants in a Coaching Cycle will work through the coaching cycle with a Math Specialist to determine a goal and then work to learn and meet that goal. These teachers will meet with a math specialist a minimum of 3 times throughout the school year. All work is embedded in the classrooms and no substitutes are necessary. The intensity and level of support is determined during the first coaching meeting.
The Regional Math Specialists can support you in your endeavor to provide high-quality professional development for your school, district, or region. They can provide the PD, support a teacher-leader developing their own PD, and provide resources and ideas for high-quality PD.
The principal can invite a math specialist out to conduct a school-wide analysis of effective mathematical teaching practices. The specialist gathers data from classroom observations, teacher interviews, a principal interview, a student focus group and teacher surveys. The findings can be utitlized to focus professional learning and growth.