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Lean Lesson Planning : A practical approach to doing less and achieving more in the classroom

Part of the High Impact Teaching series
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"A great little book for teachers based on robust evidence." Carl Hendrick, Head of Learning and Research at Wellington College

This book is for any teacher who's interested in improving their lesson planning and practice. It has been carefully constructed to be a highly efficient reading experience. It is short, sparse and you should be able to read it in about an hour.

However, it is not about quick fixes. If you're looking for ways to short-cut the amount of time you spend planning lessons, then this book is not for you. Lean Lesson Planning draws on the best available evidence from educational research and cognitive science to provide a coherent set of mindsets and 'habits of planning' that will help you power up the learning experiences and outcomes in your classroom, in ways that make your life easier and more enjoyable. In short, it's about doing less, but better.

Lean Lesson Planning is the first instalment in the High Impact Teaching series.



Act I: Lean foundations

  • 1. Defining lean
  • 2. Lean mindsets
  • 3. Lean habits

Act II: Habits for planning

  • 4. Backwards design
  • 5. Knowing knowledge
  • 6. Checking understanding
  • 7. Efficient strategies
  • 8. Lasting learning
  • 9. Inter-lesson planning

Act III Habits for growing

  • 10. Building excellence
  • 11. Growth teaching
  • 12. Collective improvement


Praise for Lean Lesson Planning

"Things that make teachers' lives simpler like this are few and far between." Doug Lemov, Author of Teach Like a Champion

"Breezy recap of best practices in lesson planning." Dan Meyer, Chief Academic Officer at Desmos


Praise for other books in the High Impact Teaching series

"I doubt you'll find an education book with more useful insights per minute of reading time." Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at UCL

"I can't remember when I have ever read a book that takes such complex ideas and communicates them with sophistication and simplicity." Oliver Caviglioli, Education author & information designer

"A truly excellent book which sets out the science behind learning with remarkable clarity." Mark Enser, Head of Geography at Heathfield Community College

"All I can say is that it was everything I’d hoped for and more." Jon Hutchinson, Assistant Head at Reach & Visiting Fellow at Ambition

"Another absolute gem from Peps Mccrea." Helene Galdin-O'Shea, English teacher & researchED organiser

"Peps packs the punches from the first page." Kathryn Morgan, Advisor at TDT & ubergeek

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Product Details
1503241459 / 9781503241459
Paperback / softback
114 pages, Illustrations, black and white
133 x 203 mm, 127 grams