Ross Morrison McGill is on a mission - he wants to save teachers time and free them from laborious lesson planning.
He has set out to prove that you do not need to produce a detailed plan to do well in school inspections and lesson observations. The resource he has put on TESConnect, The Five-Minute Lesson Plan, does exactly what it promises - it helps teachers prepare what to teach in a short space of time.
The 27 resources shared by McGill have been downloaded 225,000 times by 45,900 TESConnect users in 146 countries.
McGill, 39, who has been a design and technology teacher for 20 years in North London, started blogging and set up his TESConnect account in 2010.
"(My uploads) all form part of a jigsaw puzzle," says McGill, who is assistant vice-principal in charge of staff development and teaching and learning at Greig City Academy, a school for 11- to 18-year-olds.
Although it was brought to the world's attention by McGill, the five- minute resource was produced by John Bayley, a behaviour guru and star of Teachers TV education videos, and London teacher Katharine Birbalsingh. Bayley gave it to McGill, who used it in his own school before putting it on TESConnect.
According to McGill, the resource has been so successful because it is both a mentoring tool and a planning aid.
"It got a reaction because a lot of schools stipulate teachers must do detailed plans. This causes so many problems - young teachers spend hours planning and the process for all teachers can become bureaucratic," he says. "(This resource) helps them plan better. It helps with their time management and therefore stress levels. It helps you plan smarter."
The success of the resource reached a tipping point when school leaders and inspectors working for English schools inspectorate Ofsted began to endorse it online.
Before being observed in class, McGill posted his own five-minute plan on Twitter (where he is known as @TeacherToolkit). Soon after the observation, he let his followers know that his lesson had been judged to be outstanding. His observer sent a tweet confirming this.
There are now many versions of the plan and it is available in nine languages.
"Obviously you have got to be a good teacher already and have good systems in place," McGill says. "I've heard (the resource) has led to people securing jobs, and getting their first outstanding judgement in their careers.
"I'm blown away by it all."
Zayra Vogensen, director of studies at a private language school in Portugal
Even though I do not work in the British system I always seem to find something I can use in my school and classroom on TESConnect.
As a teacher trainer as well, I am also very interested in classroom management issues and assessment of both students and teachers. The five- minute lesson plan provides a fresh approach to every teacher's worst nightmare: presenting evidence of a planned lesson when you are overworked and short of time. I particularly like that it enables the teacher to have a visual layout in a very simple (and fun) way.
James Wilson, a teacher at South Bromsgrove High School for 13- to 18- year-olds, West Midlands, England
I downloaded the resource after seeing so many people tweeting about it. I have used it to inform my mid-term planning - instead of planning the next term over a few days I can make mid-term plans in an hour.
It is unbelievably useful, and saves me so much time that I can then use elsewhere, planning or creating my own resources. I use the resource to plan sets of lessons in one go. In the past this would be a long process, meaning I could only finish two or three in a day. Now I can plan a whole term in one go. Not only does this save me time but it also ensures each lesson really does carry on from the last.
Rachael Godlement, secondary (ages 11-18) English specialist, recently qualified special educational needs coordinator and former pastoral leader, Hampshire, England
I used the five-minute lesson plan earlier this year and received my first ever outstanding grade. After eight years of teaching, I was used to flaking under observation pressure, even though I knew I could be, and was, outstanding in my regular practice. The five-minute lesson plan let me escape the restrictive minutiae of a traditional lesson plan and express my intentions, ideas and thinking to the observer, at the same time as focusing on my students' learning in the lesson itself.
Uploader: Philip Moore, international school teacher
Philip Moore has spent his career teaching in England, Italy, Thailand and El Salvador. He believes that working in international schools has allowed him more time to plan and prepare lessons. The 30-year-old thinks it is "very cool" that the 18 resources he has shared have been downloaded 85,100 times by 21,600 TESConnect users in 110 countries.
These resources cover a wide range of subjects, from rocks and soils to scripting plays and times tables. Moore, who uses TESConnect resources himself to get new ideas, says he is "pleased to have saved people time".
After spending the past year teaching in the UK, in September Moore will begin a new job at an international school in Dubai.
"There is a lot of unnecessary paperwork . It stops teachers being able to do what is really important - spend time on creating engaging lessons," Moore says.
He started producing resources for TESConnect when he first qualified as a teacher, but later, when he was teaching at international schools, the different working environment meant he had time to produce them to a higher standard.
"It is nice my resources are so popular - the fact that so many people are using them shows they must be a good thing," Moore says. "I think they work internationally because there is an understanding that, even though teachers work in different countries, we are all doing the same job."
Georgina Davies, a teacher at a small village primary (aged 4-11) school in the South of England
The resource about rocks and soils has been brilliant. I have a mixed class of Years 3 and 4 (aged 7-9), so the resource was pitched perfectly. I downloaded it because we were studying the subject as part of our science curriculum. It has been really fantastic, a great starting point to launch from. The children have really enjoyed learning about rocks and soils. They like the animated PowerPoints that have been so cleverly put together. I am very grateful to the author of this resource.
Monique Lees, a teacher at Trinity All Saints Primary School, Yorkshire, England
My Year 3 (aged 7-8) class loved it. I used it as part of a topic on volcanoes. I shared this with the other Year 3 teacher and we adapted the lesson plans and the worksheets for our own use. It was really effective and of high quality.
I am eternally grateful to all the teachers who share their resources. Coming into teaching later in life just three years ago, I found the workload at times unbearable, so to be able to use resources and lesson plans that are tried and tested is such a help and a big time-saver.
Marianne Cullen, a teacher at a British international school in Dubai
My children are in Year 3 (aged 8-9) and are a mixed class with Indian, Filipino, Emirati, Egyptian and Iranian heritage. Nearly all my students have English as an additional language.
We have been using the resource as an introduction and then I have been planning my own activities. The children have loved the PowerPoints and they seem to be grasping the concepts a lot better this term, remembering all the new vocabulary.
Global impact: resources uploaded by four teachers are used in hundreds of thousands of classrooms worldwide
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Ross Morrison McGill
Number of downloads: 225,000
Photo: Uploader Philip Moore, international school teacher. Photo credit: Julian Anderson
Original headline: Energising the world