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Leading Lesson Study : A Practical Guide for Teachers and Facilitators - Mark Mitchell

Leading Lesson Study

A Practical Guide for Teachers and Facilitators

Paperback Published: 14th February 2007
ISBN: 9781412939881
Number Of Pages: 232

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'Provides readers with a compelling rationale for the process, offers experience-tested tools, and suggests ways to address commonly-occurring challenges. This book will assist teachers, and those who support them, in understanding and implementing all phases of lesson study, from initial planning through sharing with others what was learned' - Dennis Sparks, Executive Director, National Staff Development Council

'A powerful teacher professional development process that focuses collaborative teams directly on the classroom, and the perfect tool for teachers, professional developers, and team leaders. Gives you everything you need to use lesson study to support teachers in thinking deeply about practice' - Roberta Jaffe, Science Education Coordinator, New Teacher Center, University of California, Santa Cruz

Use this team-centered approach to directly enhance teaching and learning in your school!

First introduced in Japan, lesson study has gained enthusiastic advocates in U.S. educational circles as a powerful, collaborative approach that brings teachers together as researchers into the science and craft of teaching and learning in their classrooms. Teachers work as teams to develop a lesson plan, teach and observe the lesson to collect data on student learning, and use their observations to refine their lesson. Participants build their sense of professional authority while discovering effective practices that result in improved learning outcomes for their students.

This "how-to" guide provides teachers, administrators, and team leaders with practical strategies, models, and tools. The book leads a beginning team through the phases of the lesson study cycle and provides an experienced team with new perspectives. Using examples from U.S. classrooms, this handbook:

* Encourages educators to generate and share knowledge

* Inspires a teacher-researcher stance

* Illustrates both the process and substance of lesson study

* Encourages collaboration

* Provides guidelines for avoiding common pitfalls

Leading Lesson Study is an excellent resource for both experienced and novice lesson study teams, administrators who want to start a lesson study program, and lesson study team facilitators such as instructional coaches and professional development providers.

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"Guides educational leaders in creating successful lesson study in American schools. The authors provide readers with a compelling rationale for the process, offer experience-tested tools, and suggest ways to address commonly-occurring challenges. This book will assist teachers, and those who support them, in understanding and implementing all phases of lesson study, from initial planning through sharing with others what was learned." -- Dennis Sparks, Executive Director
"Rightly argues that the quality of education can be better enhanced through the powerful and practical learning inherent in well-done lesson study than 'teacher-proofing' and other attempts to change the surface features of schools. Teachers need to help set the agenda for learning that is focused on the problems of their classrooms, have an opportunity to collaborate, and observe why lessons do or do not work in order to improve student learning. No process affords a more comprehensive and powerful learning opportunity than lesson study." -- Alice Gill, Associate Director, Educational Issues Department
"A powerful teacher professional development process that focuses collaborative teams directly on the classroom, and the perfect tool for teachers, professional developers and team leaders. Gives you everything you need to use lesson study to support teachers in thinking deeply about practice. I can't wait to start using Leading Lesson Study with the science teachers I work with!" -- Roberta Jaffe, Science Education Coordinator, New Teacher Center
"Educators at all grade levels will appreciate the instruction that uses examples from US classrooms throughout." -- California Bookwatch, March 2007
"Fulfills the subtitle's promise to be a `practical guide,' with numerous samples, examples, and worksheets. The authors have succeeded in creating a guide with rich potential to increase both the quantity and quality of lesson study work done in the United States." -- Education Review, November 2007

Foreword
Preface
About the Authors
Introduction-Making the Case for Lesson Study
An Overview of Lesson Study
Core Elements of Lesson Study
Building a Research Base for Lesson Study
Laying the Groundwork for Lesson Study
Beginning With the Necessary Ingredients
Additional Supports
Creating a Lesson Study Action Plan
Inviting Teachers to Participate
Finding Time
Gaining Support From Administrators
Finding External Support
Developing a Collaborative School Culture
Challenges of Laying the Groundwork
Moving on to the Next Phase
Key Ideas
Starting the Lesson Study Cycle
Roles and Responsibilities
Creating the Schedule
Developing Into a Team
Identifying Group Norms
Maintaining Group Norms
Becoming a Community of Practice
Types of Lesson Study Goals
Key Ideas
Planning the Research Lesson
Process for Planning the Lesson
Investigating Teaching Materials
Identify the Topic
Map the Unit
Identify Goals
Create the Lesson Plan
Reflecting and Assessing Progress
Moving on to the Next Phase
Key Ideas
Teaching, Observing, and Debriefing
Roles and Responsibilities
Preparing for the Observation and Debriefing
The Pre-Observation Meeting
Teaching and Observing the Lesson
Conducting the Debriefing
Preparing for the Revision
Challenges of the Debriefing
Reflecting and Assessing Progress
Moving on to the Next Phase
Key Ideas
Revising and Reteaching the Lesson
Why Revise and Reteach?
Process for Revising the Lesson
Gather and Review the Data
Analyze the Data
Identify Needed Changes
Revise the Lesson Plan
Challenges of the Revision Process
Reteaching and Focusing the Debriefing
Reflecting and Assessing Progress
Moving on to the Next Phase
Key Ideas
Reflecting and Sharing Results
Importance of Reflection
Lesson Study Reports
Process for Developing the Report
Alternatives to a Report
Evaluating Lesson Study
Tying Reflection and Evaluation to a New Cycle of Lesson Study
Key Ideas
Growing and Sustaining Lesson Study
Maintaining Momentum
Dealing With Turnover
Adding Teams and Sites
Embedding Lesson Study
Hosting an Open House
Goals for Teacher Learning
Final Thoughts
Sample Research Lessons
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional Resources
Glossary
References
Index
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ISBN: 9781412939881
ISBN-10: 1412939887
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 14th February 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 21.59  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.55

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