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Have you participated in a Lesson Study? Briefly, lesson study is teacher-led research in which a group of teachers work together to target an identified area of focus. Using existing student work and evidence, teachers collaboratively research, plan, teach and observe a, revise and share the results of a single class lesson. Dr. Sharon Dotger tells us the benefits and the protocol of Lesson Study. It’s one of the BEST professional learning experiences I ever participated in. Check it out!
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"A research theme is kind of like a lesson objective, except that it specifies how we want students to meet the goal. ... Often when we see learning objectives, they explain what students will be able to do or what they will know by the end of the lesson. And that's still important. But what differentiates that from a research theme is that the research theme specifies how the teachers are going to get them there." [16:50-17:20] Dr. Sharon Dotger
"Part of the power of Lesson Study is improving teachers to know what to work on next, instead of having somebody who wasn't part of all that [research] work, all that study, all that intention come in at the eleventh hour and tell them what they should have done instead." [53:00-53:20] Dr. Sharon Dotger
"The observation isn't evaluative. It's to gather observations to determine whether or not our research theme was reasonable. Because if we choose a research theme that transcends the lesson of the day, then we've figured something out that we can continue to use, or we've figured something out that we should stop doing. And that's also really powerful." [54:20-54:52] Dr. Sharon Dotger
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