I have long been intrigued by @teachertoolkit’s 5 Minute Lesson Plan and the evangelical following that it has on Twitter. A detailed account of what it is and how to use it can be found on his website here.
In essence, the plan provides a template that includes every event/ idea that is required to plan an Outstanding lesson but only that, rather than the endless hoop jumping that many lesson plan templates require. I could not experiment with this at my last placement as they had very firm ideas on what they wanted staff planning to look like but in my new placement I have much more professional freedom over my planning.
I was being ‘officially’ observed for the first time by my new HOD so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to use the 5 Minute Lesson Plan to plan the lesson for a mixed ability Year 10 group. The lesson went really well and I am very happy with the feedback that was given to me. I discussed the lesson plan with my HOD afterwards and below are the points we discussed.
- It is very clear for the teacher who is planning and takes you through the stages systematically which is a nice way to plan.
- The idea of ‘stickability’ is FANTASTIC and really focused my planning on what I wanted to ‘stick’, thereby leading me to reflect on whether the activities I was planning would do this.
- The ‘Big Picture’ section was useful to provide very clear context to the observer.
- Once written onto it is quite confusing for the observer and my HOD found it hard to follow (this may be my terrible writing though).
- The sections are not always applicable in all schools so it does need adapting although I don’t know if this is a ‘con’ as such…
Would I use it again? Yes albeit in a modified format. I will take the sections and probably re-arrange them in a more ‘traditional’ format because I personally will find it easier to read and work on. I will definitely use the concept of ‘stickability’ though in my lessons as it is a really useful way to think about what you are aiming for in a lesson. I will also use @teachertoolkit’s format to create revision sheets for History as I have seen done in other schools…but that is an idea for another post.