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Title: NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference July 6-8, 2011

NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
ConferenceJuly 6-8, 2011   
  • California State University 
  • San Bernardino
  • Noyce Fellows
  • Lesson Study

Our Team Members 
  •  Teachers
  • Terri Burke
  • Algebra II, Algebra Foundations, Coach, Arroyo
    Valley High School
  • Chris Duran
  • 8th grade Algebra King Middle School
  • Angel Moreno
  • Algebra I San Bernardino High School
  • Ana Munoz
  • Geometry San Bernardino High School
  • Michelle Parker
  • 8th grade Algebra King Middle School
  • Phi Truong
  • 7th grade Pre-Algebra, Shandin Hills Middle
  • Facilitator
  •     Carol Cronk
  • Mathematics Coordinator,SBCSS
  • Knowledgeable Others
  •     Dr. Davida Fischman
  • Mathematics Professor, CSUSB
  •     Dr. Joseph Jesunathadas
  • Education Professor, CSUSB

How are we funded?
National Science Foundation Noyce Fellowships
  •  PI Davida Fischman, Mathematics Department,
  • CoPI Carol Cronk, Mathematics Coordinator, SBCSS
  • CoPI Joseph Jesunathadas, College of Education,
  • CoPI Sheree Jederberg, Dir of Secondary
    Education, SBCUSD

  1. Table activity
  2. What is lesson study?
  3. Our lesson study experience
  4. How might you implement lesson study in your

The Math Things Mingle 
  • Lesson Objects
  • To have students sort and classify various types
    of equations, inequalities and expressions.
  • To help students develop instincts and vocabulary
    for describing, discussing and working with
    equations, inequalities and expressions.
  • To give students an opportunity to discuss and
    express what they know about various mathematical
    objects without providing a script or a procedure
    for the to follow.
  • Jake Disston, Willard Middle School
  • 7th Grade Mathematics 
  • insidemathematics.org

Table Activity 
  • Directions As a table group, sort the activity
    cards into three categories  
  • Equations
  • Expressions
  • Inequalities 
  • (Make sure to do this activity with the students
    view and understandings in mind.  Pay particular
    attention to any possible misconceptions that
    could occur in students learning) 
  • Once you have sorted the cards into equations,
    expressions, and inequalities, create sub-groups
    within the three groups.

Why Lesson Study?
  • If we truly desire to improve our teaching, we
    must eventually turn our focus to student
  • Lesson Study is centered on student learning and
    meeting their needs as they progress through
  • Lesson Study allows teachers to focus on student
    learning through collaborative planning, lesson
    delivery, observation and reflection.

Lesson Study is Unique because... 
  • Teacher-led
  • Teachers are the researchers in Lesson Study
  • Focused on subject content in the context of
    student learning
  • Conducted with a common overarching goal
    (Research Goal)

Lesson Study is NOT...
  • Teacher training
  • About creating a perfect lesson
  • Done in isolation
  • Doing just one lesson study cycle
  • Only for math teachers

Who Is Involved? 
  • Facilitator
  • Can be part of the team long-term
  • Maintain coherence in planning
  • Establish an environment of collaboration
  • Optional
  • Knowledgeable Others
  • Can be called in by the team to add value to the
  • Instructional coaches, university professors,
    content experts, etc.
  • Provide a fresh perspective about content and
  • Optional
  • Teachers
  • Gather as a team to work together long-term
  • 3 - 8 teachers (suggested)
  • Teach a common subject but not necessarily a
    common grade level
  • Lead in building research lesson

The Lesson Study Cycle
  • After deciding on an overall research goal
  • Decide on academic goals and standards
  • Teachers increase content knowledge as they
    study, solve, and discuss problems within those

  • Design the lesson
  • Explore outside resources (textbooks, journals,
    websites, etc.)
  • Ask the experts
  • Anticipate student responses / misconceptions
  • Decide on observation protocol

  • One (usually) teacher delivers the lesson.
  • All other adults in the classroom observe the
  • It is essential that all observers remember that
    they are NOT observing the teacher they are
    observing students learning and responses to the
  • Every observer has a specific focus (content,
    ELs, motivation, engagement, murmurs, etc.)

  • Review collected data, reflect, revise, then
    re-teach the lesson.
  • The teacher starts this discussion. Then the
    observers share their findings.
  • Discussions are focussed on student learning.
  • The heart of lesson study is the reflect/modify
  • Once the lesson has been revised, it's time to
    teach it again!

Start All Over Again...
  • This cycle should be repeated more than once. 
  • The re-teaching can occur the same day or much
    later in the school year.

Our Lesson Study Experience
  • Meet once a month
  • Grades 7-12 Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry
    and Algebra 2
  • The San Bernardino Unified School District is the
    eighth largest school district in California with
    a student enrollment of approximately 52,000
  • API Population Statistics
  •               35,721  Tested Grades 2-11
  •                 71  Latino/Hispanic
  •                 18  African American/Black
  •                 89  Socio-economically
  •                       45  English Language

Our First Lesson Study Research Goal
  • Students will be able to connect procedural and
    conceptual understanding to facilitate abstract
    thinking, demonstrated by problem solving with an
    emphasis on academic language.  In doing so,
    students will become more self-confident and

 Lesson Study Research Goal
  • Think about the profile of a successful learner.
  • What characteristics/behaviors would they have
    that contribute to their success?
  • What are, the personal qualities that contribute
    to the students motivation and learning?"
  • Think about one of your classes.
  • What characteristics and/or behaviors do your
    students possess? Describe patterns of behavior
    you see.

Using the questions from these two columns as a
guide, discuss a few possible areas that you
would like to focus on if you were to participate
in a lesson study.    
New Research Goal  
  • Students will develop conceptual understanding
    and utilize procedural knowledge in order to
    strengthen their adaptive reasoning.    

Noyce Fellows' Comment
  • The biggest change to my instruction this year
    has been a paradigm shift from teaching students
    what to think to teaching students how to think.
    This idea of teaching the how and not the what
    has come as a result of many of the Noyce events,
    in particular, lesson study. In lesson study, we
    have focused on student learning. We have found
    that high levels of student learning in
    mathematics is closely related to their adaptive
    reasoning, as defined by the National Research
    Council. To become adept at adaptive reasoning
    students must be taught how. They must constantly
    be taught to think logically, reflect, explain,
    and justify. I cannot produce students who have
    adaptive reasoning by simply teaching them the
    what. Therefore, I will continue to help my
    students become highly skilled at adaptive
    reasoning by teaching them how to think.   -

Noyce Fellows' Comments 
  • Lesson study ideas and concepts are implemented
    in my classroom teaching.  I used ideas of
    engagement from other teachers.  For example, the
    use of whiteboards should be quick feedback.   I
    am able to get students ready for future math
    classes to think outside the box through holistic
    problems.  My lessons become more purposeful and
    meaningful to the students because I am able to
    show my students concepts that are applied to the
    real world. - Phi

Noyce Fellows' Comment 
  • One of the biggest benefits of participating in
    lesson study is being able to observe how
    students learn as a teacher.  Even though this is
    not my first time I observed student learning
    from another teacher, most of that observation
    happened during my participation in a
    credentialing program.  I have also observed
    other teachers at my site teach, however,  each
    time I observed I focused more on what the
    teacher was doing rather what the students were
    doing.  Participating in lesson study has given
    me the opportunity to roam a classroom and focus
    on what the students are writing, answering, and
    even mumbling while the teacher is teaching.
     After the lesson is done, we discuss what
    occurred with the students, make changes to
    address any opportunities that are identified,
    and re-teach the lesson to see if the changes are
    effective.  I have never participated in anything
    that has given me the opportunity to get this
    kind of feedback and collaboration.
  • - Angel

What Teachers Say
  • The learning was so much more effective this
    time, it wasnt about teaching, it was about
  • This is the first time collaboration time has
    been true to its title!
  • We are only as effective as our level of
    understanding. We have to keep pushing ourselves
    into the why, the how come, thats the

What Research Says
  • Lesson study improves instruction through the
    refinement of lesson plans.
  • Lesson study strengthens three pathways to
    instructional improvement teachers knowledge,
    teachers commitment and community, and learning
  • Lewis, C., Perry, R., Murata, A.
  • Educational Researcher, April 2006

How can you start engaging in lesson study? 
  • Read "Teaching Gap" by James W. Stigler and James
  • Google Search
  • Talk with other teachers at your site 
  • Talk with your administrators
  • Attend a local conference 
  • Chicago Lesson Study Group http//www.lessonstudyg
  • Inside Mathematics 
  • http//insidemathematics.org/index.php/home  

What road blocks do you foresee getting in the
way of implementing lesson study in your
 What alternative ways do you forsee being able
to implement lesson study?  

What is your definition of lesson study?

Contact Us
  • Terri Burke
  • tgibbsburke_at_gmail.com
  • Chris Duran
  • duran.chrism_at_gmail.com
  • Angel Moreno
  • angel.moreno_at_sbcusd.com
  • Ana Munoz
  • ana.munoz_at_sbcusd.com
  • Michelle Parker
  • michelle.parker_at_sbcusd.com
  • Phi Truong
  • phi.truong_at_sbcusd.com
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