INSET for #5MinPlan

Here is a simple guide for anyone wishing to introduce The 5 Minute Lesson Plan. From interactions and evidence from others users, this could simply be, introducing the plan for yourself; a small department; an NQT you are mentoring, or quite possibly introducing the document to all staff in your school. Please read all the information carefully, as it does give you all the information and evidence you need…

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This page outlines a perfect approach for INSET in 10 simple stages.

  1. Firstly, Ofsted report recognition:
  2. Background reading – How it all started:
  3. Everything you need to know is here from my blog. Cartoons; videos and the context for each box highlighted in the plan.
  4. A video to introduce how to complete the plan.
  5. Ofsted framework notes, September 2012, looking at the new Ofsted framework and what teachers need to be aware of before the inspector calls. A useful read.
Ellen Mothersdale‏ known as @emothersdale

Ellen Mothersdale‏ known as @emothersdale

Introduction: Training format (30 Minutes):

1. Ask all staff to bring a current school lesson plan to the meeting. This can be used for comparison, as well as a potential exercise for converting information from a current lesson, onto The 5 Minute Plan format.
2. Start off with the statistics in a presentation. For example:

  • 164,924 TES views with 159,367 downloads.
  • 137 countries – confirmed by TES on 19.4.13 (details here). See my current mapping of use across the world.
  • Now translated into 9 languages: English; Welsh; Swedish; Portuguese; Afrikaans; French; Spanish; German and Norwegian, with Hebrew due shortly. Click this link to find all translations.
  • Recognised by Ofsted and individual inspectors. For example, ask @HeatherLeatt and @LornaChampCork who have conducted 8 days of Ofsted-type observation days in my school this year.
  • Now used by a mainstream examination board. I can email you this information/evidence separately.
  • Used by PGCEs; NQTs; Tutors; Mentors; Senior teachers and Headteachers.
  • and countless variations online for subject specific content: PE; Science; English; Maths; EYFS; Primary; Higher Education. The list goes on.
  • some evidence can be sourced through my favourites timeline on Twitter.
  • I can give you many Headteacher names who have recently launched this in their own school.

3. After the hard evidence is shown to staff; hand out a copy of the 5 Min Plan. Personally, I’d have a blank version on one side and then use a completed example on the other. You could you this photo example as the printed version, or complete one yourself.

4. Once the document is handed out, the key here, is that staff are told – that lesson planning is mostly thinking – and that planning any lesson consumes much more than 5 minutes of your time; but the actual doing e.g. writing up the lesson plan, should just take 5 minutes. Many people type it up – but I say to refrain from doing so….as it defeats the purpose of scribbling up notes in less than 5 minutes.

Ofsted inspector quote from my blog:

“Ofsted do not require a lesson plan; but evidence of a planned lesson!”

This is probably the most important statement you can share with your staff. What I have added to the plan is this quote:

“Print and scribble your way to an Outstanding lesson!”

5. I’d then show the video below – which is about 2 minutes long and made using Sparkol software – showing a demonstration of how the lesson plan is completed. This is based on the same lesson I used in my own photograph, tweeted 5 minutes before I had an Ofsted observation.


6. Some supporting resources for staff to take away.

7. If all this has been successful, do send me a tweet on Twitter which I will share with everyone.

8. Perhaps drop your school a pin on this map? Now including 13 countries. This will soon be 137, when the TES share their data with me.

Google 5 Min Plan 14.1.13

9. Fill in the form below and I will build up a record of people that have used the above format to introduce The 5 Minute Lesson Plan into your school. This list can then be used as a reference point for others to share success.

10. Some examples to share.

Good luck and keep me posted.

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