Used by thousands of teachers in thousands of schools all over the globe the Five minute lesson plan is a great resource for planning a lesson. Sitting somewhere on the spectrum between 'door handle' teaching and a detailed pro-forma it is definitely worth experimenting with this resource. Click on the underlined link above to take you to @teachertoolkit and look around some of the great resources on offer. The video below gives you a little run through how to use the resource. There is also a longer webinar available here.
I have started using a lesson planning pro-forma I have designed called the BIG 5. It is extremely stripped back, but allows me to enter into a thinking process regarding where the learning is going during my lessons and how the learner is going to get there.
Aptly called the Big 5 as there are 5 Big things I want to at least think about before I teach a class. How I fill out the pro forma changes regularly, depending on the lesson the boxes could be quite empty. I might decide to only put the class and date in the overview, or at times I like constructing success criteria with the pupils, so that section might be initially blank. At other times the boxes might be quite full, especially if I am doing something a bit different or using a pedagogy for the first time and want it to succeed. There is a section at the bottom for notes, so, depending on the stage and class I can add in info such as homework, support for learning, resources, social goals and other specifics that might be needed for that lesson.
Why not give the five minute lesson plan or the Big 5 pro forma a go and let me know how you get on, for Harris staff it is available to print from the learning and teaching folder on the staff shared drive**. Similarly if you have any hints and tips for time effective lesson planning send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, I'd love to hear from you.
**I caught up with Mr Price our English NQT at Harris this year, he had mentioned he had been using the Learning and Teaching resources on the staff shared drive, here is what he said...