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:
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.
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The Teaching Strategies Blog focuses exclusively on classroom practice. It features an all-new video every week of a teacher providing effective, high-quality, research-based instruction in one of these areas:
These highly diverse videos come from elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms all over the country. They provide all teachers with immediately relevant content and are well-suited to further discussion in PLCs or other faculty groups. Each week's Featured Educator is invited to the blog to answer questions, provide lesson plans and rubrics, and provide the context of their lesson.