New teachers are often given the advice, “Avoid the teachers’ lounge.” The rationale behind this advice is that it can be a place filled with complaints and negativity. I followed this advice for many years, eating lunch alone in my classroom. I really didn’t mind this situation because I had other times in the day to connect with adults. However, things changed when I had my baby. There were no longer any spare moments at school to chat with colleagues and my evenings were filled with taking care of the baby and then collapsing out of exhaustion. In an effort to get some conversation with adults during the day, I started to eat lunch in the teachers’ lounge with my colleagues.
Warning: I will not claim to solve any of the problems listed below! That being said, I think it is important for us to acknowledge the issues that we face so that we can work together to find some solutions. I'd love to hear your struggles, thoughts, and solutions in the comment section below!
As teachers, we fight so many important battles to help students become socially, academically, and emotionally ready for adulthood. Many times we act as educator, parent, social worker, and mediator. As hard as we work to help every student succeed, there are a couple of things I think we need to let go of. In my humble opinion, we shouldn't waste our energy on small, annoying little bits that cloud our busy days with negativity. Below are a list of things I think we need to NOT let get under our skin. I'd love to hear your opinions or additions to this list in the comment section below.
When I went through the teacher education program, I was sure that curriculum differentiation in all its many forms would be the most difficult thing about teaching. Now that I am 10 years in, I’m still inundated with differentiation challenges every single day, but when I reflect on those fledgling days of my career, I see that some of my biggest struggles were not even on my radar. Below are my 10 most surprising difficulties in teaching. Leave a comment with your most surprising challenge or your solution to any of my issues! I plan to tackle my solutions for each of the following challenges in upcoming blog posts, so I’d love to try out some ideas that you may have and write about how they worked for me!