Friday, February 12, 2010

APEC-Tsukuba University Conference in Tokyo (18-21 Feb 2010)

This is an excellent opportunity to experience lesson study in Japan first hand. This APEC HRD project has been around since 2006 and I have had many chances to see first hand how the Japanese schools do their research lessons and post-lesson discussion.

This time we will get to see one science research lessona and two mathematics ones. Exciting. A team from MOE including people from TN and TDD as well as a CPDD colleague and a master teacher joined teachers from Da Qiao Primary School, Woodlands Ring Primary School and North Vista Primary School for a four-day lesson study conference among the lesson study specialists from many APEC countries.

The two-day lesson study was actually the largest lesson study event in Japan. Apparently 5000 Japanese teachers were at the event which comprised an all morning research lessons - there were so many to choose from across subjects and levels. We only get to see the ones with English translation. The last two days were set aside for the actual conference itself.

The next conference is in Chiangmai in November 2010.

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