Author: Deb Bullock | Published on 1 December 2023


Question: How can I develop as a teacher?

Answer: Try using a teacher diary. 

If you want to develop as a teacher, you need to regularly ask yourself these questions:

  • What am I doing?
  • Why am I doing it?
  • Is it working? 

Writing your thoughts in a diary can help you to think more clearly about what you can improve.

Here are some more specific questions you could think about in your diary, and write responses to:

Lesson objectives

  • Did the learners understand what we did in the lesson?
  • Were the lesson objectives too easy or too difficult?
  • What problems did the learners have (if any)?

Activities and materials

  • Did the materials and activities keep the learners interested?
  • Was there a balance of controlled and freer practice activities?


  • Were all the students on task? If not, when – and why – were they not?
  • Which parts of the lesson did the learners enjoy most / least?
  • How much English did the learners use?

Classroom management

  • Did I use whole class, group, pair or individual work? What did I use it for? Was it successful?
  • Did the learners understand what to do in the lesson? Were my instructions clear?
  • Did all the learners participate? 


  • If I taught the lesson again, what would I do differently?

Which questions will you focus on first in your teaching diary? 


On task: engaged in an activity or task