Implementing Lesson Study Summary

Monday - Friday, June 28 - July 2, 2010

Introductions: Mark, Sam, Kenny, Rina, Tim, Zack, Kim, Brynja
Our group talked about lesson study and why we should do it. Why Lesson Study: Some experience, collaboration, observation, raising kids achievement, applies in middle school, how to take feedback, overview of teaching, group effort, process of working.

As a team we came up with the Norms for working with one another. We began to brainstorm our ideas of the topics that we would like to teach for our lesson. There were so many different ideas flowing.

We looked at different tasks and discussed the cognitive demand that each task required of the students. We learned about the Task Analysis Guide from Stein & Smith 1998. We also were introduced to Cangelosi's scheme for categorizing cognition relevant to learning mathematics. This type of scheme can be useful to develop units of instruction and for planning the appropriate teaching approach depending on your lesson goal.

We had a run through of the lesson template. Kim led us through lesson study examples from New Mexico. We then went through a long process of fairly deciding what our topic should be and decided on IF ... THEN statements.

In subgroups we then addressed the question: What is important for students to know and understand about IF ... THEN statements? We made use (to whatever extent felt right) of the Cangelosi scheme.

Chris and Mark presented some neat ideas about how they teach if then statements. We worked on narrowing down the goals that we wanted to achieve through our lessons. The goal is under the lesson goal page. Then we split into groups to come with different tasks that would help us teach the goal that we came up with. We concentrated on the tasks and not the lesson plan. We looked at many resources. We came up with four different tasks that were all good. They are on the possible tasks page.

We had a discussion on the types of teaching styles that we taught with. This discussion helped us to see how we would teach our lesson. This did not mean that we believe this teaching style was the better one. We also discussed how much time we had in our class period. This helped us think about how much time we will need for our lesson. We will be doing the task next week to decide how much time we need for the lesson. We have decided on the three tasks that we will be having the students complete.

We have set up a more detailed account of our work on the Wiki

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