15. A “New” Old Teaching Year with Dylan Esson

This episode features a conversation with high school history teacher Dylan Esson.  Dylan earned his PhD from University of California at Berkeley and loves to ski, read, race after his two daughters. In this conversation, Dylan and I discuss the challenges that students face with technology, apathy, and self-identity.

Dylan shares what he loves about teaching as well as the challenges he sees in the teaching profession, particularly after Covid. Dylan shares how he would love to shake up the school day by creating a more flexible model, giving more time to teachers to prep, and rethinking sports in education.

In This Episode I share:

  •  How busy students can be after school 
  •  Why student apathy is high and motivation is low
  •  How understanding what his students have faced during the pandemic has given Dylan more compassion at school.


More About Teacher Talk with Chrissy Nichols:

Teacher Talk is the podcast for educators like you who are on the brink of burnout, or are already there. It’s your guide to feeling better about being at school and being in your life. Your host, Chrissy Nichols, is a life coach for teachers. 

In her weekly episodes, she will give you quick tools, tips, and brain hacks to understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. It’s time to find the joy in teaching again and get back to feeling like the best version of yourself.