What, where & when about end of cycle products
At the end of each cycle of lesson study, each team will prepare a
report that allows them to reflect on and summarize their work in a
meaningful way. Each team submits one report, but the whole team will
collaborate in preparing it. Reports are a required element for the
The fall cycle report is due December 10, 2004 and the spring cycle
report is due April 30, 2005.
Note: It is common in Japan for lesson study teams to publish their
ideas and research findings in the form of a lesson study report. Some
of these reports are then made available to teachers all over Japan,
forming a wonderful resource for the profession and a way for teachers
to share what they have learned. Teachers often go to bookstores and
buy published lesson study reports when they are beginning work on a
new research lesson. In the United States, lesson study is still new,
and finding lesson reports in a bookstore is not yet an option. For
now, we hope to make many of your reports available to other teachers
via our website, thereby beginning to build a similar shared knowledge
base of research lessons in the U.S.
The report will include:
- Background information on the students and the unit
(format for background information: pdf
version; word version)
- The instructional plan for the research lesson.
(format for instructional plan: pdf
version; word version)
- The rationale for the research lesson.
- Reflections on the research lesson: some questions about the cycle
will be for individual written reflection, and some for the team to
discuss and respond to together.
for spring cycle 2004)
Also to be submitted at the end of the cycle for project funding
- Team attendance records. PLEASE USE PROJECT-PROVIDED ATTENDANCE SHEETS.
- Meeting log or notes from each team meeting.
We encourage teams to read the lesson plan format and reflection questions
before they begin. Then, as you go through the cycle, you can collect
things along the way that you might need at the end.
In addition to keeping your meeting logs, it might also be helpful
- Save early drafts of the lesson plan, noting major changes you made
- Keep some individual notes or a journal containing ideas, questions,
or reflections that you have during the cycle.
- Plan to spend some time discussing the reflection questions during
your meetings as the cycle nears its end.