Japanese Lesson Study

Tuesday, July 10

Jane introduced some books that deal with lesson study. We reflected on our first day and shared some of our questions:

How can we implement lesson study in US HS culture? Are there schools in US which practice it?

What differences are there between Japanese and American teacher training?

Can we interact with the International Math Education Group in week 2?

Can we do 2 lessons so that we can each have the opportunity to plan and observe?

What websites are there about lesson study?

What do the Japanese view as the ultimate goal of lesson study?

We talked about ideas for planning a lesson with a given goal:

Where does the lesson fit in terms of the overall goals of the course?

Where are the kids at?

Find a real problem to begin with to motivate the material.

We talked about a given problem and the anticipated range of responses this problem might elicit from students. We saw and discussed a Japanese lesson-study lesson based on this problem. We agreed to each write up a similar discussion for a problem of our own choosing for the next session.

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