Tools for Schools, Summer 2011, Vol. 14, No. 4
Lesson study puts a collaborative lens on student learning
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
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?
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?
Use this tool concurrently with Word-for-word record 1: What questions does the teacher ask?
Tool: Time sweep: Who's talking and when?
Use this tool to measure how much time the teacher and students spend talking. This form may be completed by one or more observers, depending on your team’s focus and needs. Subsequent analysis explores what the time spent talking tells the group about the lesson and how it affects student learning.