Faculty Lounge

March 10, 2022
Dear Lydia

Students struggle with the second semester just as badly as us teachers do. Between the excessive tardiness, lack of engagement, and “senioritis” (that, let’s be clear, affects all students, not just the seniors), I feel like it is pulling teeth

January 26, 2022
Dear Lydia

I feel like the joy of teaching is regularly sucked out of me, especially during the second semester. What can I do to help myself stay positive and focused? Sincerely,Very Tired Dear Tired,  I am not here to encourage toxic positivity

January 3, 2022
Dear Lydia

Help … It’s starting to feel like March 2020 again. My school system just went back virtual learning temporarily. I could use some advice on how to deal with teaching virtually again!  Sincerely, Zoomed Out Dear Zoomed Out,  Here is

November 30, 2021
Dear Lydia

I’m just gonna say it: I’ve been pretending to know what SEL is, means, or looks like. For years, every time I heard the term, I broke out in a cold-sweat and felt like I’m a teacher imposter.No, but seriously.

October 19, 2021
Dear Lydia

I’ve been teaching ELA at my high school in Des Moines, Iowa, for nearly 10 years. I’ve had success, even earning awards and recognition for my work, but I’ve never quite felt right about what I’m doing. I have recently been

October 1, 2021
Dear Lydia

I’m a 25-year-old female history teacher, and I feel like I sound like a Boomer for what I’m about to say… but it’s true! Many kids these days (see how it starts?) face very few obstacles from the moment they’re

August 31, 2021
Dear Lydia

I’m entering my third year of teaching ELA in a public high school here in Maine. I’ve tried every strategy I learned in college, but there are always four or five kids who just aren’t motivated by grades. They’ve probably

March 26, 2021
Dear Lydia

My district split kids up, so many of my students who went virtual had another teacher. The problem is, as they come back, they are way behind the kids that have been here. How can I pivot what I'm doing