Implementing Lesson Study Summary

Monday - Friday, June 29 - July 3, 2009

The Lesson Study group started the week by looking at a general timeline for our work:

  • Roughing out a lesson plan the first week
  • Refining, practice teaching (to PCMI participants), and debriefing in Week 2
  • Revising and re-teaching in Week 3, this time to an actual high-school geometry class here in Park City

On Monday, we agreed on group norms and brainstormed lesson topics we believe are difficult and/or important for geometry students. Tuesday we used our work from Monday to write lesson goals and objectives. We asked for more information about the high-school class that we will be working with.

On Thursday, Gail was able to take a bit of time from her duties with the International Program to come and talk with us about our learning objectives and to report on additional information she had obtained from the high school teacher. It appears that on our scheduled teaching date, the students will be in the early stages of their learning about inductive and deductive reasoning and proofs. Based on that information, we began considering whether we should adjust our lesson to align better with what the students will be doing at that point in the course.

On Friday, we decided to increase our emphasis on strengthening the students' reasoning skills and their awareness of the reasoning process. We began re-tooling the lesson plan with these objectives in mind, and by the end of the day a revised lesson had begun to emerge.

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