Lesson study and problem-based learning have gained national attention over the past several years as promising solutions to American students’ lagging achievement in math. In this episode, you’ll hear from Tom McDougal, who’s at the heart of this work as the leader of Chicago’s renowned Lesson Study Alliance. Through his years of organizing public lessons and leading teachers through analysis of what did and didn’t work, he’s become an advocate of letting students do the real thinking in lessons - and he’ll show you how to do it.
Summary & Highlights:
In this episode, Chrissy interviews Tom McDougal, the co-founder and executive director of Lesson Study Alliance. In their conversation, Tom shares:
why engaging in lesson study changed his outlook on teaching math
why “I do, we do, you do” can hold your students back
the research that shows how to transform students into independent thinkers with true problem-solving skills
tips for avoiding common pitfalls that educators encounter while teaching through problem-solving
LessonResearch.net has a whole section on Teaching Through Problem Solving (TTP), with videos.
Lesson Study Alliance - based in Chicago and co-founded by Tom McDougal and Akihiko Takahashi, Lesson Study Alliance offers a Teaching Through Problem Solving (TTP) workshop at the beginning of August where teachers and colleagues can learn about the approach and work together under our guidance to design a TTP lesson.