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Five minute lesson plans

We welcome Sophie to our Protoblogging team. Sophie is a Primary Teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. In her debut blog, she explores the use of 5 minute lesson plans when supply teaching. 

Five minute lesson plans

Being a new supply teacher I am often worried how I would cope if there was ever no lesson plans set. I made some resources to help me if this ever happened but it was always at the back of my mind when I got a call in the morning. It was not until one day when I arrived into a classroom and rummaged through the papers on the desk, to find the plans were in the format of a five minute plan. At first I thought how can I teach from someone else’s scribbles on paper but it was truly my saviour that day.

It is a great way to record your thoughts and not have to worry about a long plan in the short amount of time you probably have.

The point of a five minute plan is to write down ideas of where the learning is heading and how you are going to reach that target. The teacher had an objective, how the children would achieve this and 1 or 2 ideas. That was it their plan was finished. You simply have the big picture or topic and gather any ideas that come to you. It was so easy after that to provide a lesson for the children. It is a great visual tool for you to come back to if the lesson is not going the way you want it to.

It is a great way to record your thoughts and not have to worry about a long plan in the short amount of time you probably have. You can add differentiation and AFL if you know the children but as a supply teacher I felt this was an answer to my problems. The simplicity of the plan allows it to be used effectively across the curriculum. You can adapt it to how you work in school to provide a powerful individual resource and that is the beauty of the plan. It provides flexibility as you do not have to follow a lengthy plan and can reach the outcomes how you choose. brain went into panic mode until I remembered the simple five minute plan. 

When it came to the dreaded day of not having lesson plans, my brain went into panic mode until I remembered the simple five minute plan. All you need is three things: your objective, how they are learning and an idea. Simple to follow and helps you keep on track. There are many examples of how they work on the internet and it is a great way to help you quickly come up with a lesson when it seems impossible. A five minute task to keep you confident throughout the entire lesson; so if it happens to you just think of this plan. 

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