When it comes to improving the quality of education, we know that teachers matter. The interaction that takes place within the classroom is arguably the biggest factor affecting whether and what children learn. We’ve seen around the world that a “good” teacher isn’t necessarily defined by his or her number of advanced degrees or years teaching; rather, good teachers are adequately prepared, supported, motivated, and compensated.
Quality teaching requires teachers who are well trained and motivated, both before and during their careers. The practice of Lesson Study is one innovative approach to support in-service training that has proven to be effective in various countries around the world.
What is Lesson Study?
Lesson Study is a peer-to-peer learning approach where teachers share knowledge and skills to improve teaching through planning, demonstrating, and assessing lessons. It consists of a fellow teacher planning and observing a lesson followed by a discussion with peers about ways to constructively improve these lessons. Through these conversations, teachers learn techniques to improve teaching methods and develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. As a positive spillover, the entire school system is strengthened through encouraging teamwork among teachers and improving the supervision of school managers who participate in the practice.