I am facilitating cycle three of lesson study for eleventh and twelfth grade English teachers this week. Lesson study is a professional development priority in my district. It's a two day process for each cycle: planning the research lesson and delivering the research lesson (while others gather data). We kick off the two days with a pre-meeting which lasts about an hour. We've spent that time choose our academic goal, our 21st century goal and passing out the lesson and article reading for the cycle.
I wish teachers had more time. I wish teachers felt they had more time--heck, I wish I felt that way every day. Many days I find myself mentally reciting, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity..." Time is the most valuable resource teachers have and like any high-demand resource, supply is limited. I love lesson study. I love how it gives me time to watch students during a lesson in order to catch and capture their learning. I don't feel most lesson study teams have that same love for data collection. I keep wanting to attach it to the time shortage, but it could be something else.
This team met on Tuesday to plan the research lesson and today one of the team will teach the lesson to another's class while the rest of us eagle-eye students, listen in and gather data. We are investigating student learning. Our goal is to find out if students learn what the team intends for them to learn in the lesson. The team selected "integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media" as their academic and learning goal. I wonder how that goal will go over with students. Will students see and understand it's meaning--there's a lot in there. How can I lead teachers to dig out the details?
I've written about lesson study before here. Today, I'm not thinking (yet) about the takeaways this team of teachers will come to; instead, I'm wondering how I can support them as we gather and analyze student data. There are gems we could unearth. We'll see what happens. It's time to begin!