Planning and the wall of text

Last week I wrote about how it would save time and energy if lesson planning was stripped to the bare bones of what was needed. A couple of days later I went to a school that used this for their maths planning:

Maths Planning by Leo Tolstoy

Look at it! It’s like War and Peace. And that’s only the first page! All that detail for a single lesson. It is so dense that I had to read, re-read, re-read again and then still keep returning to it to try and extract the key information hidden from the extraneous fluff.

Admittedly, it’s from a pre-planned scheme of work, so the inclusion of so much detail is understandable (so that the company producing it can tick all the potential boxes any class might face) but the teacher has not stripped it back at all. She has even included additional information about when and where stuff should happen, in one solid block of text.

The teacher was lovely and the class were very nice but that planning…when you get something like that and 30 children are about to walk in the door it’s like staring at this:

“Here is your lesson plan. Please produce 50 minutes of engaging maths.”