Lesson study is an embedded, peer-to-peer learning strategy where the teachers, as a team, plan the lesson together. Lesson studies help ensure that all teachers are learning from each other and are constantly working to improve their instruction. It’s based on the concept that all students can learn, and all teachers can improve. Participating teachers work together throughout the four main elements of this protocol, which are:

  • Teachers work together to plan classroom lessons
  • Teachers observe the teaching and learning experience
  • Teachers analyze the content and delivery
  • Teachers make changes to make the lesson better

The teach-and-critique cycle continues as many times as necessary, until all teachers feel that the lesson has been as perfected as possible.

This highly effective protocol focuses on how to build lessons to best reach every student; it engages teachers in the process of growing their own teaching expertise. When lesson study is implemented effectively, it becomes a powerful form of professional development and helps educators grow their own teaching abilities.

To learn more about this topic, watch the following PD 360 video segment (Practical Lesson Study Overview). Use your PD 360 login and password to access the segment. If you do not have a login, you can follow the same link for access.