Video Lesson Study

Video Lesson Study




Calling all Great Teachers!

We are looking for teachers who are willing to teach a CCSS lesson plan on camera! The tape will be edited to highlight teaching strategies that support the CCSS, active student engagement, and other evidence of student learning. Ultimately, your teaching will serve as a powerful professional development tool for yourself, and for other teachers in our district (with your permission, of course). We are our own best resource for the Common Core, so please reach out if you would like to help support your personal transition to the CCSS, as well as assist and support your colleagues.

Please read below  to learn more about the process and contact or  if you are interested!


Video Lesson Study Process


STEP 1: Pre-Conference

So here is what we will need to see in a pre-conference / interview:

  1. 1.   Description of lesson
  2. Provide context for the lesson (what has already been taught, what do they already know, what does the audience need to know and understand for this lesson to make sense)
  3. What standard(s) are you focused on?
  4. Discussion of student population and how you will differentiate to make the lesson work / help students to learn.
  5. What specific teaching strategies do you plan on using? (We need to see A LOT of active student engagement) How will you differentiate you instruction and the materials to meet the needs of your students?
  6. Essential Question(s)?
  7.  What do you want to see today / what do you want the kids to learn today? How will you determine if the lesson is successful (how will you know they learned? How will you measure outcomes)?
  8. What, in your professional opinion, makes this lesson “Common Core”?
  9. What do you want you want to see / have them learn ultimately? What final assessment piece or performance task will be used to measure learning for this lesson or unit  ?


STEP 2: The Lesson

Here is what we need to see in the actual lesson:

  1. CCSS being taught (described in pre-conference) and an essential question posed (and discussed).
  2. DOK level questioning
  3. Students being expected to synthesize multiple sources (read, view visuals, listen to audio, watch video, etc.)
  4. Differentiation  as needed
  5. MOST IMPORTANT – active student engagement!!!  THINK – PAIR –SHARE style stuff, group discussions, and TRUE collaboration. Demonstrating that all students can and will engage if they are taught how to collaborate and given the necessary tools. We want to see kids really digging in and having intelligent, thoughtful discussions.
  6. Other teaching strategies that support that the CCSS and were taught via the LEUSD professional development opportunities you may have attended.


Step 3: Watch your video / Debrief

Debrief conference / interview:

  1. What worked?
  2. What would you do differently?
  3. What did you learn? What challenges did you face? Did you expect these challenges or were they unexpected? Where do you go from here?
  4. What did your students learn? How do you know (measured progress, discussion of assessments and results, data based…)
  5. How was seeing yourself in action help you to improve your instruction and improve student learning?
  6. Final thoughts? Share out!