Monday, December 7, 2009
Looking forward to 2010, I will be conducting two inservice courses in the first half of the year. The first is for beginners Lesson Study in Primary Mathematics: Concepts & Design while the second is for those who want to actually try it out Lesson Study in Primary Mathematics: Implementation. The first course is workshop-based training where participants will have a go in crafting research theme and have a sense of what lesson study involves. I was told that 35 participants have registered and as such the registration is closed. The second course requires participants to form teams of three to six and they will be guided through the stages in lesson study.
APEC HRD Lesson Study Project is having the first meeting in 2010 in Japan with research lessons in primary-level science and mathematics. This is followed by two days of conference on discussing lesson study with a focus on assessment and curriculum materials. I will attend as a country specialist under the Tsukuba University fund and four teams from schools and MOE will be joining the conference. Fifteen of us from Singapore will attend the conference. There will be a follow-up conference in Chiangmai, Thailand in November 2010.
The East Asian Regional Conference on Mathematics Education EARCOME5 will be held in Japan and will include a lesson study component.
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More information of the program will be uploaded onto our website at http://www.worldals.org/
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Such investigation involves planning, teaching, observing, critiquing and revising a small number of lessons. These lessons are called ‘study lessons’ or ‘research lessons’. It is in these lessons that teachers study, research and investigate teaching and learning.
To provide direction and focus, an over-arching goal and the related research questions should be set right in the beginning.
The first step in the lesson study process is to formulate this over-arching goal, sometimes referred to as research theme, and the related research questions.
Friday, February 27, 2009
All Teachers Can Learn
by Marge Scherer
In "Moving Beyond Talk," Debra Smith, Bruce Wilson, and Dick Corbett (p. 20) elaborate on the conditions that heighten the quality of learning in collaborative communities, among them voluntary participation and trained facilitators. Hord and Hirsch add rules for principals who want to help learning communities move from talk to action (p. 22).
Probably the most significant action school districts can take in changing the nature of professional development is to provide meaningful and engaging programs that respect the intelligence and good will of teachers. The conditions in which they work are often trying. If we are to keep good teachers in the classroom, [we] need to find ways to create environments in which teachers can form strong collaborative relationships with their peers and in which they can continue to learn about themselves, their students, and their students' communities.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
There are two in-service courses for lesson study in primary mathematics offered by NIE. The one in March (2, 9, 23 and 26 March 2009) focuses on concepts and principles. This is suitable for beginners. The other one is on the implementation and the course is essentially your team doing one cycle of lesson study. This can be done anytime between April and July and takes place in your school. This second course has started and schools have started to form their lesson study team to accomplish the task. Please see TRAISI for more details.
Patsy Wang-Iverson conducted two level one workshops, one during the March school break in Temasek Secondary and another during the term in St Stephen's Primary School. There was also a level two workshop during th eMarch school break. She aslo did one in-house session for Jurong Secondary School.
We are planning to hold this symposium during the September holidays or end of the year. We are still looking at partners to co-host it. Details are still being worked out. If your school or organization is interested to co-host this with us, please let me know. This symposium is a follow-up from the one we had in June 2008 (NIE) organized by NIE and AME and the first one that we had in August 2007 (Cedar Primary School) organized by NIE and Tsukuba University.
Two primary schools are involved in a project with Akihiko Takahashi. When he is in town in September 2009, we will most likely organised workshops for teachers in Singapore. Keep a look out for this.
WALS2009 takes place on 8-10 December 2009. It will be in Hong Kong again. The subsequent WALS will be outside Hong Kong. In fact, we are looking for it to be held in Singapore in the coming year.
I am discussing with Makoto Yoshida and Akihiko Takahashi to organise a study trip to Japan to learn more about lesson study in mathematics. The one planned for June-July for the US teachers is cancelled because of the economic situation in the US where funding for education has been reduced.
The photo shows teachers participating in a research lesson as part of an in-service course on mathematical problem-solving heuristics in October 2008. The lesson was held at Princess Elizabeth School, Singapore.