I fell into teaching by accident. When I started my PGCE, I was clueless about what I was doing. Everything was an uphill struggle; managing my time, creating resources, lesson plans, writing essays, etc. I survived, just!

I realised that a lot of what I suffered during that year, was due to my lack of engagement in reflection. My decisions were poor because my thinking was poor.

I believe as a teacher that I am at my best when I make decisions based on thoughtful reflection. This blog is me thinking aloud.

If you are a teacher of any kind, and you like to read, pause and consider how best to serve the interest of your pupils, this is the place for you. While I keep writing and adding more to my blog, you will be able to find resources, ideas and book reviews.

My name is Francisco Recalde. I am a native speaker of Spanish from Paraguay. I have been teaching languages for 5 years in an inner-city school ‘somewhere up north’. On the weekends, I volunteer at a local evangelical church. I am a member of the Chartered College of Teaching and a self-confessed education anorak. I attend far too many conferences!