Japanese School Lesson Study Experience

We are pleased to continue this popular collaboration with the Japanese school in Arlington Heights with two more public research lessons.

Observe a mathematics lesson at a Japanese school, and experience authentic Japanese Lesson Study, without having to travel across the Pacific!

Topic, June 15, 2018: Grade 4 “Think about how to find the quotient (three digit number divided by single digit number)”
Topic, October 19, 2018: Grade 6, TBA

Registration deadline: June 11 (for the June 15 lesson)

The 1995 TIMSS video study brought attention to the innovative and exciting approach used to teach mathematics in Japan. Called “teaching through problem-solving” or “structured problem solving”, students are challenged to work on a novel problem. Then, through a carefully-orchestrated whole class discussion of different student ideas, new mathematical concepts or procedures are discovered.

Teachers in Japan developed and spread this method of teaching via a professional development process called jugyou kenkyuu, or “lesson study”, which features a carefully planned “research lesson” that is publicly observed and discussed. Thanks to a partnership between Lesson Study Alliance and the Chicago Futabakai Japanese School, we are able to offer this one-day conference, which will include presentations on teaching math through problem-solving and on lesson study. There will be simultaneous translation provided during the lesson and during the post-lesson discussion, and an opportunity for Q & A with the teachers and principal of the school.

Final comments on the lesson will be provided by Dr. Akihiko Takahashi of DePaul University, an international expert on lesson study in mathematics.

Cost per lesson

  • Regular registration: $150
  • Chicago Public Schools teachers and administrators: $75

Advance registration is required. For security reasons, there is no on-site registration. Space is limited to 24 registrants, so registration may close before the deadline.

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Dates & Location

Friday, June 15, 2018  (registration deadline June 11)
Friday, October 19, 2018 (registration deadline October 15)

The Chicago Futabakai Japanese School
2550 N Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL


Note: Persons who attended a previous open house may choose to arrive at lunchtime.

  • 9:00 Registration & light breakfast
  • 9:30 Opening & introduction to the school
  • 10:00 Presentation: school-based Collaborative Lesson Research, a powerful form of lesson study (Dr. Akihiko Takahashi, DePaul University)
  • 10:45 Q & A
  • 11:00 Break
  • 11:15 Presentation: Teaching through Problem Solving (Tom McDougal, Lesson Study Alliance)
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:45 About the research lesson (Dr. Tad Watanabe, Kennesaw State University)
  • 1:30 Preparing to observe the lesson
  • 1:45 Mathematics research lesson: grade 3, introduction to fractions (with simultaneous translation)
  • 2:30 Break
  • 3:00 Post-lesson discussion (with simultaneous translation)
  • 4:00 Final comments (Dr. Toshiakira Fujii, Tokyo Gakkugei University)
  • 4:20 Q & A
  • 4:40 End

Click here to register.