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ERIC Number: EJ868798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Lesson Plays: Planning Teaching versus Teaching Planning
Zazkis, Rina; Liljedahl, Peter; Sinclair, Nathalie
For the Learning of Mathematics, v29 n1 p40-47 2009
We introduce Lesson Play as an imaginary interaction between teacher and students presented in a form of a dialogue or play. We suggest that lesson plays are a valuable professional development tool in preparing for teaching that can be juxtaposed with, or used as a replacement for, traditional lesson planning. The article begins with an examination of the historical roots of lesson planning and then presents limitations of this traditional mode of preparing a lesson. Then, we present an example of a lesson play and discuss the affordances of this novel structure. We illustrate how a lesson play directs teachers' attentions to potential student difficulties, to concept development and to the language of mathematics.
FLM Publishing Association. 382 Education South, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G5, Canada; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A