Monday, June 1, 2009

Lesson Study at PCF Kindergartens Tanjong Pagar

It is so exciting. We presented lesson study as a means of professional development of teachers in PCF Kindergarten some time back. Five kindergartens have taken up the offer to try it out. Most of them will do it in Term 3 of the school year. But Tanjong Pagar's centre has kicked start the process. This project receives the support of Ministry of Education.
The team of four teachers met last Friday. The team includes the principal. After the planning meeting, the team has decided to focus on how children acquire a new idea. The lesson is on addition within 20. The team decided that addition by making ten will be a new idea. The members were interested in how the new idea can be developed through play, how to create a situation for children to move into the idea, how the teacher can facilitate the process and how children interact with each other and respect each others' ideas in the process of moving into the new idea.
When asked what their learning is during the planning session, one teacher said she learnt a lot, new things she has not heard before or used before. Another teacher mentioned she learn about the tens frame that can be used to help children acquire the make ten strategy. Another teacher used to think that teaching addition is well simply teaching adding. She said she now realize that there are many strategies to do addition. Another concurred with her and said she learnt by listening to her colleagues.


  1. I would like to know if any of your seminars/lessons can be ordered or viewed online. I am not able to travel or attend these seminars but would appreciate purchasing/renting or hosting a seminar series in my school and district.
    Your methods are marvelous; I just need to see more so that old habits can dissolve and new pedagogy be developed.
    Thank you.

  2. At the moment I have no online course. I will let you know if there are.

  3. Lesson study is an in-depth action research that walks through the cycle from designing, implementation and evaluation in a team.

    In LS, Phase 2 - observation in an authentic situation provides the researchers the process & product of children's learning and how different children's response to the lesson.

    Phrase 3 of LS, the sharing session is an eye opener to each researcher's observations.