Developing Assessment through Lesson Study

  • Developing Assessment through Lesson Study

    Davida Fischman and Kelli Wasserman
    Analyzing a lesson about piano practice can reveal students’ misunderstandings, especially when aided by a team of teachers.
    Lesson study cultivates teachers’ capacity for formative assessment by placing student thinking front and center throughout. According to Black and Wiliam (1998, p. 2), assessment refers to “all those activities undertaken by teachers, and by their students in assessing themselves, which provide information to be used as feedback to modify the teaching and learning activities in which they are engaged. Such assessment becomes ‘formative assessment’ when the evidence is actually used to adapt the teaching work to meet the needs.” Learning to incorporate the effective use of assessment in classroom instruction is not an easy task; we suggest that lesson study (Stigler and Hiebert 1999) supports teachers’ effective and frequent use of formative assessment.