What is Texas Lesson Study?
Lesson Study is a proven process in which teachers drive improvements to teaching and learning through collaborative action research.
In Lesson Study, teachers engage in cycles of continuous improvement. Together, groups of teachers examine a problem of practice, plan instructional solutions, teach, observe, reflect, and share the results of their work.
The product of Lesson Study goes beyond perfecting a single lesson. Working together to plan, practice, and reflect, teachers develop a deep and lasting knowledge of content and pedagogy.
Texas Lesson Study Phases
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- Form your team
- Schedule team meetings
- Establish norms, roles, and procedures
- Develop a Research Theme (optional enrichment)
- Agree on a focus or problem of practice
- Consider a theory of action (e.g., instructional strategies)
- Dive into research (e.g., professional development resources, academic research)
- Review your curriculum and instructional materials
- Review and plan the Research Lesson
- Plan for the observed Research Lesson
- Teach and observe the Research Lesson
- Review observation data, student work, and assessments
- Add notes to the original lesson and incorporate your learning into the unit
- Repeat Phases 3 and 4 with the revised changes (optional enrichment)
- Invite others to observe your Lesson Study meetings or Research Lessons
- Determine how and where to share the learning
- Celebrate (Kanpai!)
Texas Lesson Study Overview
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Lesson Study DIY
Gather your team and conduct a cycle! Teachers worldwide use Lesson Study to examine instructional practices and engage in authentic professional learning. Take advantage of these free tools and resources, and get TXLS started on your campus.
Work with an ESC Lesson Study Facilitator
Work with an ESC Lesson Study facilitator to receive additional support in your TXLS implementation, including training for District/Campus leaders, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders.