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The Power of Lesson Study


Knowledge for teaching is embodied in instruction and is spread and refined as teachers watch and discuss practice 

(Lewis & Hurd, 2011)

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In order to improve student learning, teachers need opportunities to observe and discuss instruction. Lesson study provides a structure for teachers to collaborate around pressing problems of practice and to engage in cycles of inquiry to explore the intersection of pedagogy and student learning.


Engaging in lesson study supports educators to:

  • Focus on the impact of their lessons on student learning, as opposed to the intent

  • Build the mathematical knowledge necessary to teach for student understanding

  • Develop the pedagogical skills to enact ambitious instruction in classrooms

  • Craft a communal vision of student-centered teaching for equity


Wondering where to start? Check out the following resources:

What is Lesson Study?
  • Components of a research lesson
  • Agendas for lesson study teams
Gather & Organize
  • Assemble the willing!
  • Set norms 
  • Choose meeting times
  • Administrator support
Gather & Organize
Research & Clarify
  • Hopes and Dreams for Students
  • Identify strengths & funds of knowledge
  • Determine a research question and theory of action
  • Choose a content and an equity goal
Research & Clarify
Anticipate & Plan
  • Plan the research lesson
  • Anticipate student thinking
  • Conduct a mock lesson!
Anticipate & Plan
Observe & Collect Data
  • Closely observe a focal student and collect data on their thinking
Observe & Collect Data
Debrief & Look at Student Work
  • What did focus students say or do? 
  • How well did the lesson achieve the content & the equity goals?
Reflect & Share

We are grateful to JFF, KnowledgeWorks, and the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative and its funders for their support. Learn more at

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