Second Grade Lesson Study

Following is the agenda and materials used by the second grade team. Their experience was different that the two previous teams, in that they started their work by observing students during a lesson taught by one of the teachers on problem solving – their chosen topic. They collected data from one classroom of students on the strategies and skills they were currently utilizing.


8:00Introductions – warm up
8:15Norms and Roles
9:00Data Collection : Observe students engaged in a mathematical task related to the student learning (word problems) we will focus on. Observe and collect data on what students can do and where they struggle.
9:00 – 9:15 discuss the proposed tasks. 9:15 – 9:45 observe students.
10:20Looking at curriculum and research. Deepening our own understanding of the concepts we teach. “Overcoming the Walls Surrounding Word Problems” by Gregorio Ponce and Leslie Garrison, Teaching Children Mathematics; Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, Chapter 4, John A. Van De Walle: Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics K-3, Chapter 3, John A. Van De Walle. (include links to reading materials)
11:00Discussion of research and how it relates to the topic for our Research Lesson.
12:00Working Lunch
Planning a Research lesson for Friday
Student practice goal
Unit goal
Lesson goal
Sequence of events
Points to notice
Data collection ideas
1:30Summary of the day and tasks for tomorrow.
8:00Review of the lesson. Further investigation of research on the topic.
9:00Research Lesson in one classroom
10:00Debrief the lesson
11:00Revising the lesson and teaching in another classroom is a possibility (or not). If we want to look at it again, we could, or go on to planning. We can talk about this on Thursday.
12:45Backward planning the next unit. Series of lessons.
Where do we want students to be?
What will they be able to do and say?
What experiences will they need to have to accomplish these goals?
How will we know they have gotten there?