|Posted by Danny on May 1, 2013 at 10:10 PM|
Today, at the Davidson School's final Lunch and Learn of the year, we were very pleased that Dr. Jennifer Lewis of Wayne State University presented to us on the topic of professional development.
Recent research has shown that millions of dollars of professional development are spent every year in this country, but these vast expenditures have led to few gains in teacher or student learning. Yet we know that teacher learning is crucial to quality instruction. Dr. Lewis presented a model of professional development that she observed in Japan: Lesson Study.
In this model, all the teachers in a school meet weekly over the course of a year to plan a single lesson. They research the topic, bringing in experts on the topic and its instruction. They collaboratively create and revise the lesson plan. Then, in the presence of all the teachers, one teacher presents the lesson to a group of students. Finally, the lesson and the resulting student work is used by the teachers to critique the lesson. The point of Lesson Study is for the teachers to gain insight into student learning and to become more effective teachers.
In the Lunch and Learn session we explored how this long-term, ongoing, and content-rich model might be adopted in this country and how we might measure its effects. We thank Dr. Lewis for telling us about Lesson Study and its exciting potential.
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