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In Japan: Everywhere I Looked -- Levers and Pendulums


"I first learned about lesson study as I sat in Japanese elementary classrooms for months researching a book that had nothing to do with science instruction. Suddenly I began to notice levers and pendulums everywhere. Because of the way science is taught in Japanese elementary schools, I was seeing the science in daily life."

Based on her experiences in Japan, Lewis gives an enlightened look at research lessons, which are the heart of the lesson study process. Her detailed overview of research lessons includes the characteristics of such lessons and the impact they've had on both teachers and students. She outlines the conditions necessary for lesson study to take place and reminds us that it requires engagement in long-term learning so that this highly developed approach to teaching has time to develop.