Lesson Study involves groups of teachers collaboratively planning, teaching, observing and analysing learning and teaching in ‘research lessons’. They record their findings and over a cycle of research lessons they may innovate or refine a pedagogical approach that will improve pupils’ learning and which will be shared with others both through public research lessons, and through the publication of a paper outlining their work. The Teacher Development Trust has a good summary of What Is Lesson Study here.
Lesson Study is now embedded within our Trust, with a week for each year group scheduled across the academic year. We have started the year in Year 3, with a week facilitated by Fay Perdicchia, Trust Lead for Maths. The year has got off to a fantastic start, and we look forward to the output from the other groups as the year goes on.
We continued our Lesson Study approach in 2018-19, starting with Year 2. Louise Harrison, Deputy Headteacher and Maths Lead at River Mead School, facilitated the Year 2 week of Lesson Study and said “It has been a genuine privilege to be involved with the research this week. Our teachers’ passion and motivation to get underneath how children are learning and their drive to adapt and try different things in their own classrooms is inspiring.” A summary of the strategies and conclusions are found in the research posters.
In our first Lesson Study, we worked with teachers and leaders from Three Bridges School to look at strategies to support advanced and struggling learners in mathematics. Teacher teams were asked to identify a pupil that was reflective of a group of struggling learners and a pupil that was reflective of a group of advanced learners. This was done in order to provide the greatest opportunity for transfer of knowledge. A summary of the strategies and conclusions are found in the research posters.