The 5 Minute Lesson Plan – success story by @Dani41189

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I am currently in my third term of the Graduate Teacher Programme at Northumbria University and well on my way to becoming a fully qualified Teacher of History.

I joined Twitter in August last year, but it wasn’t until around November 2012, that I discovered the fantastic opportunities that Twitter provides for teachers to share advice, experiences and resources.

Since this revelation, the Twitter community has helped me with all sorts of advice! Most recently, thanks to the advice and support of several ‘tweeters’, I have been offered my first teaching job to start in September once my training is complete!

“…I have been offered my first teaching job…”

The process started when I sent out a general tweet for some lesson advice for my interview which was then re-tweeted by @TeacherToolkit and I was amazed by the response. Many teachers sent ideas or re-tweeted my post. These ideas really helped and gave me a great stepping stone to start planning my interview lesson. The next stepping-stone came in the form of The 5 Minute Lesson Plan.

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.

I had been reading about the lesson plan on Twitter for months, but I finally decided to give it a go! The plan had appealed to me from the start because it seemed so straightforward. As it was my first attempt, it took only a couple of minutes longer than published, but it really helped me focus on what I wanted to achieve in the 25 minute interview lesson. It was great because I could ensure that I covered all elements in the short time given, to impress in interview. Most importantly, I had planned for progress!

After completing my first 5 minute plan, I realised what all of the hype was about – what a brilliant resource! Once I had my plan, I could focus on putting together a great lesson…

I wasn’t observed using the 5 minute plan because I also had to complete a ‘school lesson plan’ for the observers. Slightly disappointed, but when I join the team in September, I will certainly be using The 5 Minute Lesson Plan (video example) again.

I also used The 5 Minute Interview Plan.

I had already been invited to interview at this point, so I didn’t need to fill in the whole document; but I found that it was still a very useful tool, to allow me to think about what I wanted to get across in the interview, and what I wanted to find out about the school. After all, interview days are as much about the school being right for you, as they are you, being right for the school.

This was my second interview for a teaching post. I had assumed that it would follow a similar structure:  lesson observation, school tour and formal panel interview… Never assume!

When I arrived, I was given an itinerary for the day and I immediately realised that this interview was going to be far more intense than expected. The day consisted of mini-carousel of interviews; a lesson observation; an assessment and a creativity session(!) – your guess is as good as mine – a school tour, and an impromptu presentation and a panel interview.

Deep breath…

I can honestly say that my preparation before the interview using, The 5 Minute Plan (link to details here) and The 5 Minute Interview Plan really helped me to show the very best, of what I have to offer. I was offered the job and congratulated on an ‘exceptional performance’.

Thanks @TeacherToolkit; and thank you to everyone who sent me advice or re-tweeted my posts!

@Dani41189 secured her job using The 5 Minute Lesson Plan and 5 Minute Interview Plan
@Dani41189 secured her job using The 5 Minute Lesson Plan and 5 Minute Interview Plan

 

@TeacherToolkit

Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit in 2010, a simple Twitter account which rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK'. He is an award winning teacher and an experienced school leader and as @TeacherToolkit, curated this website you are now reading as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in the Britain' by The Sunday Times and one of the most influential in the field of education. He is the only classroom teacher to feature. He is a former Teaching Award nominee for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in London' and has also written 3 books on teaching. Read more here.

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