The Philippine Association of Lesson and Learning Study (PALS) conducted a seminar on The What, Why, and How of Lessons Study on 9 December 2017 at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Tarlac City. It was the first of PALS’ series of seminars to acquaint teachers about lesson study and how to conduct it in their schools. The speakers were Dr. Masami Isoda of the University of Tsukuba, Japan, Dr. Erlina R. Ronda and Dr. Aida Yap of the University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED), and Ms. Maylani Galicia of the Department of Education, Division of Albay.
The seminar consists of four lectures and a workshop. Dr. Ronda introduced the lesson study as a form of school-based professional learning activity system. Dr. Isoda presented a research lesson studying students’ facial expressions. He also emphasized on how students use notebooks in Japan. Ms. Galicia on the other hand, shared her experiences in implementing lesson study at a school level when she was a department head and at the division level when she became a supervisor as well as the opportunities and challenges in forming communities of practice in Albay. Dr. Yap presented UP NISMED’s history in conducting lesson study in the Philippines since 2006. She also talked about how PALS was formed.
The workshop focused on formulating lessons study goals. Teachers were grouped by subject and each group was asked to formulate their lesson study goals. The seminar was concluded by awarding of certificates to the speakers and the participants which was led by Fr. Onofre Innocencio, President of PALS.