So here’s where we are our second week of school:
Our Secondary Math Coordinator sent me some great documents to use for lesson study.
- facilitation check list
- goal setting guide
- lesson planning guide
- observation assignments
- observation forms
- debriefing guides
Looks like we will have a well structured lesson study!
Our teacher team (there are now four of us) has been emailing to try to coordinate a topic. First we considered a lesson on an extension of slope and intercepts by using and modifying a previous lesson called: “Linear Data: Comparing Cell Phone Plans.” But the timing doesn’t seem to work out for all of us. Trying to make sure we are all prepared to teach the same topic on the same day seems a bit daunting.
So now we are thinking about finding a lesson that isn’t necessarily “linear” in our curriculum guide. Can we all skip a lesson until it fits with our lesson link availability? How linear is Algebra?
The next suggested topic was scatter plots and best fit lines. We don’t necessarily need to teach that in the order it’s in in our textbooks (or curriculum guide). We could skip it and come back to it if necessary. Also another teacher has a skeleton of a good lesson we can start with and update with more recent and relevant data. We need to keep in mind that we should tie in collaboration and critical thinking, reading, writing, etc.
So now that we might have a topic, we’ve found a time for all of us to meet and start planning after school the week of Sept. 16th – and our Secondary Math Coordinator will film part of our planning. We’ve also come up with a schedule for lesson day that looks something like this:
8:25-9:10 Teacher 1 teaches
9:15-10:00 Debrief and rework lesson 1
10:30-11:15 Teacher 2 teaches revised lesson
11:20-12:05 Debrief and rework lesson 2
12:10-1:10 Lunch and travel to the other middle school
1:20-2:05 Teacher 3 teaches final lesson
2:10-3:00 Debrief final lesson
This will allow 3 teachers to each teach a 45 min lesson with time for revising, breaks and travel. Our 4th teacher will serve as an expert observer and teach the lesson at a later date (giving us feedback). And hopefully our Math Coordinator will be available as well for filming and input.