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EDU 6600 – Lesson Study

November 22, 2009

From the readings and the discussion this week, I have formed two opinions about lesson study. The first is that it seems very interesting, and I think that it would – personally – be a very helpful endeavor to be a part of. The second is that – from an administrative standpoint – the time and cost commitment to the method seems like it could detract from the overall value/desire to do it in the first place.

Personally, I would love to participate in lesson study as a teacher. To be able to see others in their element, pick their lessons apart, provide feedback and suggestions and have the same things done to me seems like it would be an invaluable resource. Given that the particular hurdles could be met and overcome by the lesson study group, I can picture the method leading to increased levels of success for the teachers and their students as well. Specifically, the increased levels of the knowledge of instruction explained by Zepeda on page 252 of the text are the strongest motivator for me.

Conversely, from the point of view of an administrator, I can see how this would not be the ideal strategy to implement within a school or system. It would take a lot of time, planning, and structure to pull off, as well as the overall commitment and willingness to collaborate of all those involved. Given the potential challenges outlined on page 251 of the same text, there are many ways that lesson study could easily fail/go astray. Additionally all the time required by the individual teachers not only means more time planning and working with each other, but more money spent by the school/district (clock hours, release time, substitutes, training, etc. etc.). Given that money and time are the two things consistently in short supply in the world of education, and they are also the two things most necessary to most professional development strategies, lesson planning is bound to hit this proverbial wall as well.

One Comment leave one →
  1. alumpe permalink
    November 24, 2009 11:57 pm

    You point out some valid hurdles. But I argue that the benefits far outweigh the costs. Many schools creatively work around these issues.

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