Lesson Study is a professional learning cycle where 2 or more teachers identify a challenge to learning, research possible solutions, plan a lesson together using this knowledge, observe the lesson and reflect upon their findings. This cycle is then repeated until all members of the group have delivered a collaboratively planned lesson and their finding are often delivered to colleagues or others to share their learning.
Dudley (2010) identifies the process originating in Japan in 1872 and due to this it is a significant proportion of the researched written by practitioners in Japan. He identifies this as a “highly effective form of collaborative, classroom-located teacher learning which focuses upon improving and innovating practice knowledge.”
1) Identify an aspect of teaching to improve.
2) Research approaches to improving this aspect.
3) Plan a lesson collaboratively.
4) Lesson is taught and observed.
5) Target students interviewed.
6) Group meets to discuss findings.
7) Cycle restarts.
8) Next steps; presenting findings and forming new groups.
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Barry Dunn – @SeahamRE
14th July 2015