The 5 Minute Lesson Plan

*Updated*  28th October 2014

The 5 Minute Lesson Plan is now available in digital format!  This means you can now create quick lesson plans online.

Read my blog announcement here or go straight to test the software out here now!

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The 5 Minute Lesson Plan:

Welcome to the original place to find context for The 5 Minute Lesson Plan; including history and evidence of how it’s being used by thousands of teachers and in hundreds of schools worldwide!

If you would like to see other variations, please visit The #5MinPlan Series. which also has (FAQs) Frequently Asked Questions.

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Licence:

The 5 Minute Lesson Plan is developed by @TeacherToolkit ( Ross Morrison McGill ) and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. This means any adaptations are still the copyright of @TeacherToolkit.

Based on all work published at www.teachertoolkit.me.

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Digital Plan:

Just announced! Click the image below to try the digital version for free!

Perspective Angel Solutions 5 Minute Lesson Digital Plan @TeacherToolkit

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Listen:

Photo Credit: B Rosen via Compfight cc
Photo Credit: B Rosen via Compfight cc

Listen to me talk about The 5 Minute Lesson Plan on @ChalkTalkPod.

“Do outstanding lessons really require meticulous planning? This week @ChalkTalkPod speak to Ross McGill, the deputy head better known as @TeacherToolkit about the now famous 5-minute lesson plan.”

Plan a lesson in just five minutes?

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The original:

  • This blog may be how you have come to hear about The 5 Minute Lesson Plan.
  • The original plan is below and over 27+ variations are found over here in The 5 Minute Series.
  • You can find a link to TES Resources here and download the template.
  • The is a 5 Minute INSET programme here.
  • Add your own 5 Minute template to this Wikispace or find a subject variation.
  • You can pin yourself or your school to this worldwide 5 Minute map.
I posted this photo, 10 minutes before I was due to be observed by Ofsted.
I posted this photo, 10 minutes before I was due to be observed by Ofsted.

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In video:

 

Updated version:

A new version will be replaced here in January 2015 to meet the new curriculum, assessment and digital version.

1. The 5 Minute Lesson Plan
1. The 5 Minute Lesson Plan

Here is a link to @IanMcDaid‘s 5 Minute Lesson Evaluation. and some very powerful Ofsted facts by @HeatherLeatt.

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Available in 11 different languages:

… and used in over 140+ countries around the world!

  1. English

  2. Swedish;

  3. Welsh;

  4. German;

  5. Spanish;

  6. French;

  7. Afrikaans;

  8. Norwegian;

  9. Portuguese

  10. Romanian

  11. *NEW* Arabic

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The 5 Minute Lesson Plan in cartoon
The 5 Minute Lesson Plan in cartoon

How To Use?

…This context was originally posted by @SparkyTeaching as a result of them wanting to promote a Primary School version. I have used their content and edited slightly to help the thousands of teachers (all over the world) asking about what each heading means…

  • The big picture : How does the lesson  fit into your scheme of work / topic? What knowledge are pupils coming to the lesson with already? What links have you made / can you make? Describe the lesson in 30 seconds!
  • Objectives : Your objectives for the current lesson. The arrow is just a visual reminder that your lesson is building on what’s gone before. I’d always try to incorporate at least 2 different leveled objectives – perhaps allowing students to choose their own.
  • Engagement : What’s the hook? How will you gain student attention at the start and throughout the lesson that is exciting and meaningful (without you working to hard!) that you’ll be using to lure pupils into learning? it’s not needed every lesson….but a good story often is enough!
  • ‘Stickability’ : What will stick in pupils’ minds as they leave your lesson? What key point(s) do you want them to remember and bring back to the next lesson?
  • AfL : How will you assess where your learners are at during the lesson, so as to know how to take them where you want to go? What AfL strategies are you going to use? What key questions will help you to lure pupils into learning? Plan for various (AfL) Assessment for Learning strategies to allow students to see progress. Use a Targeted-Question grid to help frame higher-order questions. Where possible, use the Pose Pause Pounce Bounce AfL strategy to stimulate discussion.
  • Key words : Literacy has never had such a high-profile as it has at the moment. Encourage students to read lesson objectives out. Pick out keywords and extrapolate their meanings. Use techniques to break down the phonics of each word and encourage visual recognition to reinforce. Plan what key-word you want students to learn. This promotes high levels of literacy which is an Ofsted focus. YOU COULD ALSO ADD NUMERACY TO THIS SECTION. Every lesson should involve some mathematical reference of link.
  • Differentiation / Groupings : Plan – at a glance – what activities you will provide for gifted and talented students; students with SEN/D and EAL. What sort of groupings are needed, what are they doing and when? Do you have this mapped to a seating plan with current levels of progress
  • Learning episodes : What is going to happen in the lesson from start to finish? Identify as many opportunities for pupil-led learning as possible. The four boxes do NOT denote a four-part lesson. Just fill them up with what needs to happen.

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Primary school version:

Sparky Teaching have also created a KS2 Primary version of the 5 Minute Plan and have also kindly offered a ‘talk-through’ for each stage of the lesson plan. It is well worth a read here.

Other examples:

Take a look at some of the completed examples I’ve received from teachers up and down the country…

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Using for Ofsted:

Click here to see how I used this in an Ofsted-style observation… and here to see other photographs

Ellen Mothersdale‏ known as @emothersdale

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@JudeEnright talking about lesson planning:

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Google Mapped:

Used in over 140 countries worldwide. Pin the use of your 5 Minute Lesson Plan to the map below.

Pin you and your school to the map
Pin you and your school to the map

Staff training in Kenya by @DragonFly_Edu

#5MinPlan reaches Kenya
#5MinPlan reaches Kenya

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