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 25, 2021
Your Teach from Home Space

So, what’s the best way to prep your home office space for maximum productivity and de-stressing? From tools to use, to relaxation necessities, your teach-from-home space will be designed to best cater to your personal and professional needs. Get Organized

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

April 15, 2021
Tiny Habits to Make Big Changes for Teachers

Quitter’s Day arrives annually on January 19. That’s when people are most likely to give up on the New Year’s resolutions they made less than three weeks prior, according to research by Strava. Now that it’s spring, we can assume

April 13, 2021
Book Excerpt – Teaching with Resiliency by SaraJane Herrboldt

As I sit to write this, we are nearing the one-year anniversary of when life, as many of us knew it, was disrupted and altered. Quite suddenly, we found ourselves thrown into a pandemic that disrupted our routines, blurred the