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TOOLS FOR CONDUCTING LESSON STUDY

In this section, you fill find a list of tools for conducting lesson study that have been developed from our field experiences with both Japanese and American lesson study groups. You may also want to visit the work samples section of our website, where actual examples of lesson study work are also available.

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***The following tools have been organized in the order they would be used in a typical lesson study process (please note: we continually revise these tools, so you may want to periodically visit this webpage for the most recent versions of these tools):

Goal Selection Worksheet. Barbrina Ertle, Sonal Chokshi, & Clea Fernandez. ©2001, Lesson Study Research Group.

This worksheet guides lesson study group members through the group goal selection process. Click here to download this document.

Sample Lesson Plan Format. Makoto Yoshida, Sonal Chokshi, & Clea Fernandez. ©2001, Lesson Study Research Group.

Although Japanese teachers use various planning formats for lesson study, all of these formats provide key information that allows them to support the functions of lesson study. This one-page document provides a brief overview of the key components that are generally included on a lesson plan for a study lesson. Click here to download this document.

Lesson Planning Tool. Barbrina Ertle, Sonal Chokshi, & Clea Fernandez. ©2001, Lesson Study Research Group.

This document, which is designed to help teachers describe their study lesson, includes key information that allows teachers to support the functions of lesson study. Each section of this planning tool focuses on a particular aspect of the lesson or its context, and contains a list of guiding questions that convey key issues to think about when planning a study lesson. Click here to download this document.

Example Descriptions for Study Lesson Plan. Barbrina Ertle, Sonal Chokshi, & Clea Fernandez. ©2001, Lesson Study Research Group.

This document provides examples of descriptions for different parts of the study lesson plan. These examples have been excerpted from actual Japanese study lesson plans. Click here to download this document.

Lesson Study Protocol. Sonal Chokshi, Barbrina Ertle, Clea Fernandez, & Makoto Yoshida. ©2001, Lesson Study Research Group.

This document describes protocol guidelines for observing a study lesson and for conducting post-lesson debriefing sessions. Many of these guidelines are based on the experiences of Japanese teachers who have been doing lesson study for many years, and on our own work helping American teachers conduct lesson study in the U.S. Click here to download this document.

Lesson Study Report Guidelines. Sonal Chokshi, Makoto Yoshida, & Clea Fernandez. ©2001, Lesson Study Research Group.

This document provides suggestions for what could be included in a report about a group's lesson study process. Click here to download this document.

Blank Lesson Plan Template. Format ©2001, Lesson Study Research Group.

This electronic document provides a blank template for teachers to fill in information for their own study lesson plans. It contains all the title components from the model study lesson plan, and conveniently lays out a format to follow. Click here to download this document.

For additional tools (workshop handouts), including sample agenda, lesson study cycle flow chart, theme sheet, idea map, reflection form, etc. (by www.lessonresearch.net), please click here.

 

***The following tools can aid lesson study groups with specific issues they are attempting to address through their lesson study:

Characteristics of Japanese Blackboards. Barbrina Ertle & Clea Fernandez. ©2001, Lesson Study Research Group.

This one-page chart displays characteristics that we have identified in the Japanese use of blackboards that could promote deep content understanding. Click here to download this document.