The 5 Minute Lesson Plan

*Update* August 2014

The 5 Minute Lesson Plan is moving to a digital format from September 2014!  There will be a beta testing group. If you would like to see a preview of the software, click here. And for a preview of the finished product, click here. A video demonstration will follow …

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Welcome to the original place to find context for The 5 Minute Lesson Plan; including history and evidence of how it is being used.

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

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The 5 Minute Lesson Plan is 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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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 September 2014 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 10 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. *NEW* Romanian

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The 5 Minute Lesson Plan in cartoon

The 5 Minute Lesson Plan in cartoon

Context:

…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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Discussion

76 thoughts on “The 5 Minute Lesson Plan

  1. More evidence of Outstanding teaching, by @specialsciteach here http://specialsciteach.blogspot.co.uk/

    Posted by @TeacherToolkit | December 10, 2012, 4:26 PM
  2. @teachertoolkit I am bowled over by what you are doing here. I am new to twitter and blogging, but learning fast, and seeing the above just makes me want to run faster. I have been working on more visual, conceptual forms of planning both for students’s essays and for my own lesson structuring – the 5 minute lesson plan is right up my street. Thank you!

    Posted by funkypedagogy | January 7, 2013, 10:29 PM
  3. The 5 minute lesson plan saved my life today! Mentioned it in my blog telling the tale of my saving!

    Miss Sykes

    http://inthenameofknowledge.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/first-day-back-or-the-importance-of-being-flexible/

    Posted by misssykes90 | April 15, 2013, 9:39 PM
  4. Thank you so much for sharing good information like this. I have used and Introduced the 5 min lesson plan into my FE teaching and given it to my colleagues to use. i used it with my other planning documentation at my last observation and yes it was outstanding and yes so was I! i added differentiation for each learner on the back and covered all the bases. I am so glad I found your site now I know there are other teachers out there trying to do the same as me; trying to inspire, motivate and create confidence in our learners, to encourage them to develop transferable mobile skills and enjoy learning. Fantastic thank you

    Posted by Bridly Bircumshaw | April 21, 2013, 6:56 PM
  5. I am a university lecturer teaching a Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching to students who are also Teaching Assistants. I have used the 5 minute plan when planning sessions with children (primary art) and also some uni sessions. My feeling is that its great in focusing my teaching and retaining a grasp of both the details and the bigger picture – although I try to complete it in 5 minutes I feel I can do this because I am drawing up my experience of planning over the years and the thinking I have done in relation to the lesson before I put pen to paper.
    With the students we have been looking at and evaluating various planning formats – I was wondering whether you have had any feedback from support staff and TAs about how effective a teacher’s 5 min lesson plan is in helping them in their support roles? DO you have any TAs using this plan?

    Posted by Jean Edwards | June 8, 2013, 12:13 PM
  6. Just wanted you to know that the 5 Minute Lesson Plan has made it to the Chinese mainland. I train Chinese teachers all over China on how to use modern learning practices and teach the use of the plan in my sessions on lesson planning. Some of my trainees are now using it to plan their lessons.

    Posted by Leslie Harvel | August 15, 2014, 6:09 AM
    • That’s lovely to know Leslie. If you would like to ask someone to complete and translate a version into Mandarin, this would be appreciated. I will add it to this (page) collection. Do tweet photos and I’ll happily share with everyone. Thanks for the comment.

      Posted by @TeacherToolkit | August 15, 2014, 8:10 AM
  7. Good to see how you are using learning walks and the 5 minute plan in your school.

    Posted by @TeacherToolkit | January 9, 2014, 12:45 PM

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