Lesson Study: A Japanese Approach to Improving Mathematics Teaching and Learning

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4
Illustrating the Lesson Study
Through the Work of 5 Tsuta Teachers

This chapter is the first of the eight chapters we devote to describing in detail the work that the lower grade teachers carried out for their October-November 1993 study lesson. In this chapter, we introduce the teachers in the lower group, the lesson that they chose to work on, and how they organized and structured their work on this lesson. In the chapters that follow we recount the major conversations and key activities that these teachers engaged in as they planned, observed, discussed, revised, and retaught this lesson. We realize that many of the specifics of our portrayal pertain only to the lesson in question. However, as we discuss in the two concluding chapters of this book, the types of conversations and activities that the lower grade teachers engaged in are very typical of lesson study. We focus on this particular group and their study lesson merely to provide a concrete illustration.


THE LOWER GRADE PARTICIPANTS

The following four teachers were members of the lower grade group:

Ms. Tsukuda: First-grade teacher, 11 years teaching experience, second year at Tsuta. Had a strong interest in the teaching of elementary mathematics.

Ms. Nishi: First-grade teacher, first year of teaching, first year at Tsuta. Had a strong interest in the teaching of physical education.

Ms. Chijiiwa: Second-grade teacher, 21 years teaching experience, first year at Tsuta. One of the more experienced teachers at the school

Ms. Maejima: Second-grade teacher, 5 years teaching experience, second year at Tsuta. She had a strong interest in

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