Research & Clarify

Getting Started!

During the first 6 meetings the research team determines a research question, develops a theory of action, chooses a math topic to explore, and determines a mathematical goal and an equity goal for their research lesson. Below include links to agendas teams can use to guide them through these steps of the research lesson planning cycle, as well as blog posts that share some of our key learnings from engaging in the process ourselves. 

What is Lesson Study?
  • Components of a research lesson
  • Agendas for lesson study teams
Overview
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
  • Determine 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

To view videos from research lessons including an overview of the research team inquiry process, visit our memorialization blog posts from some of our public research lessons:

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

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