Research. Reflect. Refine.
Lesson Study is a form of job-embedded, professional development for teachers that uses a systematic process to foster a collaborative, professional environment in which teachers collaborate in teams of 2–5 to
- identify a research theme and student expectation(s) (SEs) from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that students have difficulty understanding;
- research best instructional practices for the identified SEs and plan a strategic, research-based lesson;
- teach the lesson to students and collect data on students’ responses, levels of engagement, and learning processes;
- reflect on the lesson and options for refinement; and
- share the teacher-designed, research-based lesson and report on the lesson effectiveness with other teaching professionals online via the Texas Gateway.
Lesson Study is a framework for collaborative instructional research and lesson design that can be implemented by all campuses. The construct of the Lesson Study groups can vary based on the campus size and needs. For example, groups may be comprised of teachers that teach the same subject, grade level, or any combination of the two, such as a group of 2nd grade math teachers, a group of 6th, 7th, 8th grade English teachers, or a group of U.S History and English I teachers creating an interdisciplinary lesson.
The purpose of Lesson Study is to help teachers improve their effectiveness, share best practices with other teachers, improve student outcomes, and provide a platform to demonstrate mastery within the teaching profession.
The video below is Mike Morath, the Texas Commissioner of Education, presenting the Lesson Study initiative to the Senate Finance Committee of the 85th Texas Legislature.
Webinar: Part 1
The webinar below was presented to the regional education service centers by Blair Claussen, the TEA Lesson Study Project Manager.