Japanese Lesson Study Summary
Friday, July 5, 2002
What we did:
- Discussed our reactions and thoughts from the Cross-Cultural Discussion on Lesson Study (that we attended on Wednesday at the Marriot)
- Listed our aspirations for our students and the gaps we see in student development relative to this list. We also narrowed this list to 4 that we all thought were important:
- Students communicate their thinking.
- Students collaborate and seek and share information with each other in meaningful ways.
- Students develop a toolbox of operations and procedures.
- Students become more effective problem solvers.
- We will come on Monday with lesson ideas for concepts students struggle within Algebra.
Highlights of Discussion
- Japanese recently cut math content and time by 30% nationally. They already cover "less" but this may be because concepts are covered more thoroughly the first time through (and do not recur as objectives in later grades).
- Cultural misconception: Japanese students with "nose to grindstone," never laughing, etc. just not true after viewing classes on videos.
- Use of "constructivism" in their conversations: indicates the shift in thinking from "rote" learning.
- Emphasis on the whole-child: art, real-life applications
- Lesson study used as a way to address/introduce new approaches into the curriculum.
- Use lesson study to develop applications
Currents newletter online, Vol 5, No 2, Spring 2002
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