Quarterly print newsletters featuring timeless tools and resources to support the facilitation of professional learning.

Tools for Schools, Summer 2011, Vol. 14, No. 4

Jun 01, 2011

This newsletter was made possible with the generous support of MetLife Foundation. All articles are available to the public.

Read this Issue

Available to the public: Download Now 

Issue Contents

Lesson study puts a collaborative lens on student learning  

Available to the public:  Download Now 

By Anthony Armstrong 
Learn how Denver Public Schools' teacher effectiveness coaches are creating a collaborative change environment through lesson study, a structured process that enables small groups of teachers to plan, observe, analyze, and refine actual classroom lessons.

Tool: Preparing for the research lesson 

Available to the public: Download Now 

Plan every detail of a lesson for lesson study observation, including teacher actions, intended and unintended student behaviors, teacher interventions, etc. for group lesson study observations. 

Tool: Word-for-word record 1: What does the teacher ask? 
Available to the public: Download Now 

Examine the types of questions teachers can ask and how they affect student engagement and learning with parts one and two of this tool.

Tool: Word-for-word record 2: How do the students respond? 

Available to the public: Download Now 

Use this tool concurrently with Word-for-word record 1: What questions does the teacher ask? 

Tool: Time sweep: Who's talking and when?

Available to the public: Download Now 

Measure how much time the teacher and students spend talking to discover what the time spent talking tells your group about the lesson and how it affects student learning.

All articles in Learning Forward publications – including the JSD, Transform Professional LearningThe Learning SystemThe Learning PrincipalThe Leading TeacherResults, and Tools for Learning Schools — are protected by copyright. To obtain permission to copy or reprint any article, please submit a request to Christy Colclasure (fax: 513-523-0638; email: christy.colclasure@learningforward.org). Your request should include the number of copies you wish to create and how you intend to use those copies. Please allow two weeks for a response.