Lesson Study Project in SMKTS   3 comments

I was recently being asked to conduct a lesson study program for teachers in my panel. So, I thought it would be interesting to share my experience with everybody. If you are confused about the concept of lesson study, it is basically a form of professional development program – teachers meet up, discuss a lesson plan, one teacher carry it out whilst being observed by the rest, and then they sit down again to discuss shortfalls and possible improvements. If you’re still keen to read more, do check on this link.

Lesson Study – Definitions

Being put in the spotlight to run the program for English Panel is quite interesting, as I found myself directing my Head of Panel on what to do! At least he’s happy not being dumped with more responsibilities. After a quick briefing from the Senior Assistant, the panel got down to work.

Instead of applying the standard procedure of having everybody sitting down and drafting a lesson plan, it was decided that I will draft a lesson plan based on goals set, and then the whole panel would sit down and scrutinize it later. The end product looked something like this:

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It is an attempt to introduce the style of using the format of (Sequence Connectors), + (Imperatives) in writing instructions on ‘how to’ type of essays. The lesson runs on discovery learning and PPP (presentation, practice, production) principles.

The lesson finished without hitches, although I did not manage to achieve all my goals. Here are some pictures of the lesson as it goes along:

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My own thoughts post-lesson is that I might have set the bar too high to my students – a problem that I tend to be trapped in. There is probably a need to reduce the amount of activities in the lesson, perhaps not write a short essay, but just sentences. The students might make use of the extra time to let the new input sink in, and they could put more effort into each of their new sentences. The post-lesson discussion would be done later, probably next week. It would be interesting to hear what my colleagues have to say.

I was made to know that this ‘Lesson Study’ project is a national exercise. Have you done yours? Mind sharing your experience? 

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3 responses to “Lesson Study Project in SMKTS

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  1. WOW! You’re in a cluster school?
    Is it any better than the normal schools?

    • being a cluster school does not mean its the top schools in malaysia. cluster status is given to schools that excels in a particular area or is a good example to others. SMK Terusan Sugut is given Cluster status because it is one of the top Pedalaman secondary schools in the country, and was considered as a ‘Sekolah Pedalaman Contoh’ for others. Not that because we produce students with awesome results. haha

  2. Wow, that one beautiful classroom! =D

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