Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lesson Study at Pathlight

2011 is coming and Pathlight School is ready to begin to use lesson study as a PLC tool.

Yesterday, all the teachers were given a briefing on the implementation of lesson study as a professional development tool. Previously, they have been given an overview on PLC and lesson study.

Today, I met briefly with the primary five mathematics PLC to get them started on the lesson study process. Next week, they will begin the lesson planning meeting. In this meeting, the team set their professional learning goal and selected the unit in which the research lesson will take place.

Next week, the team will look at how the textbooks deal with the unit they have selected.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Idea of a Scaffold

According to Greenfield (1999),
"The scaffold, as it is known in building construction, has five characteristics: it provides a support; it functions as a tool; it extends the range of the worker; it allows a worker to accomplish a task not otherwise possible; and it is used to selectively aid the worker where needed. (p. 118)"

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Three Big Ideas in PLC

This article in Educational Leadership (2004) by Richard DuFour is a useful introduction to PLC. In 2009, 51 schools in Singapore were on a pilot project for PLC schools. In 2010, the numbers doubled. By 2012, all Singapore schools should be PLC schools.

See the link on the right for the full article.

Briefly, the three big ideas in PLC are (1) to focus on student learning (2) to develop a culture of collaboration and (3) to focus on results.