The Teacher Diary and Reflective Practice


Following on from yesterday’s post on Reflective Practice I wanted to share with you some good questions to ask yourself when you utilise your teacher diary to reflect.

Some of the following questions I found on the BBC but I have modified and added to make this more relevant to the Catholic Teacher.

Lesson objectives

• Did the students understand what we did in the lesson?
• Was what we did too easy or too difficult?
• What problems did the students have (if any)?
• Was there a clear outcome for the students?
• What did they learn or practise in the lesson? Was it useful for them?

Activities and materials

• What different materials and activities did we use?
• Did the materials and activities keep the students interested?
• Could I have done any parts of the lesson differently?


• Were all the students on task?
• If not, when was that and why did it happen?
• Which parts of the lesson did the students seem to enjoy most? And least?
• How was the behaviour of the class?

Classroom management

• Did activities last the right length of time?
• Was the pace of the lesson right?
• Did I use whole class work, groupwork, pairwork or individual work?
• What did I use it for? Did it work?
• Did the students understand what to do in the lesson?
• Were my instructions clear?
• Did I provide opportunities for all the students to participate?
• Was I aware of how all of the students were progressing?


• What opportunities did I use to link the lesson to the Catholic Faith?
• Where was Christ in the lesson?
• Was I a Christian example to my students?


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