Lesson planning from the 'Learning Spy', David Didau

We're excited to bring you the first of our Teachit e-newsletters covering English teaching essentials – planning, marking and literacy – full of time saving solutions that suggest how to put theory into practice in your classroom.

Written by 'Learning Spy', David Didau– trainer, consultant, writer and former English teacher – this first email is on the topic of planning. The resource demonstrates how you can make your lesson planning guilt free, efficient and high impact.

To download the resource, simply click on the link in the blue box below.

David Didau on planning ...


Making planning easier

  After the first flurry of excitement planning for the year ahead, the drudgery and grind of planning a full day’s exciting lessons, day in, day out, is probably beginning to hit.

As a new teacher, lesson planning seemed to suck up pretty much all of my available time and energy. Looking back over those frenetic early years it’s become increasingly clear that I wasted an awful lot of effort designing activities rather than considering what my students needed to learn. That is to say, I put most of my effort into things that had only a marginal impact on students’ learning.

Saving time on lesson planning is about concentrating on what matters, which is detailed in the resource.

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How about those of you with the misfortune to work in an environment where someone with a very light (or non-existent) teaching load thinks that minutely detailed planning for every lesson is a good thing? Well, firstly I’ll remind you that Ofsted (who are often used as an excuse) have made it clear for some time now that they have no expectation of teachers writing lesson plans; they only want to see evidence of a planned lesson.

And if that’s not enough of a relief, please dip in to the attached tips for some practical and thoroughly road-tested ideas to ease your planning burden.


The next English teaching essentials email: marking.