Your Teach from Home Space

Our homes used to be our sanctuaries. During the pandemic, much was asked of them. They were tasked with being our refuge, our workspace, our gym, our cafeteria, and our play space. With a lot of virtual teaching behind us, it’s time to reclaim our home spaces for grading, relaxing, and planning for the next day … It’s time to rebuild our sanctuary.

Dear Lydia

I have recently been exposed to techniques for a more student-centered education and the concepts instantly clicked. PBL, experiential, simulations ― the stories all warm my heart and reinvigorate me about this career. The problem is, most of that stuff doesn’t work when you’re responsible for teaching sentence structure, or reading classic texts, or writing essays. It feels like I finally found my calling, but I’m trapped just inches away from it. 

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 born until they get to my 10th-grade history class. Parents seem fixated on removing barriers, knocking down hurdles, and coddling kids when they run into discomfort.

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 spent their whole school career discounting themselves, or they just don’t see how grades meaningfully impact their lives.