Organising a lesson study community

The following model has been found useful, although variations are always possible.
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Participants:
  • The coordinator. Most successful lesson study groups have a single coordinator. Their role is to identify and invite participants and assign responsibilities.
  • The school cluster. Usually three schools form a cluster. These are usually neighbouring schools with which the coordinator already has some relationship.
  • A lead teacher within each school. This is the person who will organise the research lessons within each school. This lead teacher will identify two colleagues that will also take part in the lesson study. So there will be three teachers in each school taking part.
  • An outside 'expert'. This 'expert' should be well grounded in research on problem solving and also have experience of teaching and working with teachers. Usually this person is currently involved in initial teacher education in an HE institution.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Planning research lessons. Each school in the cluster is responsible for planning up to one research lesson per term; at most three spread over the year. These lessons are planned by the three teachers in the same school, working in consultation with the outside expert. This is the maximum. We have found that more than this reduces the quality of the experience.
  • Teaching research lessons. One teacher from the planning team is responsible for teaching the lesson. Each teacher will therefore teach at most one research lesson per year.
  • Observing and analysing research lessons. Each teacher will be invited to observe up to eight other research lessons per year. These will all be attended by the outside expert.
  • Revising research lessons. This is the responsibility of the planning team within each school.