Observing research lessons 1

The observers of the research lesson have the job of collecting evidence that will inform the group in ways that they can answer the research question in the post-lesson discussion.

It is important that the design principles of the lesson are understood by everyone observing . These helped guide the framing of the research questions that in turn should inform the participating teachers observations. An overarching question that a CLR group can consider is "in what ways do they expect to see students engaging with mathematics that would be a good outcome of their lesson design principles?"

Observers might find it useful to use an observation form such as the example <<link here>>


As they observe the lesson they might like to be guided by questions such as ... 

§ How did students respond to the task(s) used in the lesson?

§ How did students respond to the teachers' questioning?

§ What anticipated and unanticipated reasoning was in evidence?

§ What representations (concrete, pictorial, abstract) did students use to help them engage with the mathematics

§ What progression in student reasoning was in evidence?

§ What different approaches were observed?

§ Did students engage with the reasoning of other students?

§ Did students recognise when their approach was not working?

§ How were students’ own ideas combined and developed?

§ To what extent were learning objectives achieved ?

§ Where in the lesson could you point to evidence of the key principles of Teaching for Mastery being evident.

Video - drawing on lesson observations in the post-lesson discussion

In the brief video sequence a teacher provides some reflections on his observations of the lesson. Notice how he refers to what he saw during the lesson when commenting on the effectiveness of a planned response form that the students were asked to use to guide their work.

You can see the full lesson plan here.
The green sheet to which the teacher refers is on page 8 of the lesson plan.

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