Teachers' Lounge show

Teachers' Lounge

Summary: Teachers’ Lounge is a new podcast from WNIJ telling the stories of education in Illinois with the help of stories from Illinois educators.


 Discovering 500-Year-Old Poems, Shakespeare & Online Classes | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2271

On a new Teachers’ Lounge, host Peter Medlin talks with Northern Illinois University’s Dr. Lara Crowley. She’s the chair of the English department at NIU. They cover how her department is making the transition online this fall, her work teaching and learning about Shakespeare in England, and the thrill of discovering 500-year-old poems! Near the end they also talk a little bit about her kids getting into Harry Potter for the first time during the pandemic. So, indulge them as they geek out on

 Mixed Feelings About Schools Reopening | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2206

On a new Teachers’ Lounge, host Peter Medlin sat down digitally with Ayla Peczkowski. She taught English & Special Ed at the Roosevelt Community Education Center in Rockford. Now she’s going to be in an administrative role at East High School, also in Rockford. They talked about Ayla’s mixed feelings about schools reopening, teaching her students about news literacy during the pandemic and much more. This episode goes in depth on what goes into a reopening plan. And there’s a story

 'If You're Not At The Table, You're On The Menu' | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2575

On a new Teachers’ Lounge podcast, host Peter Medlin had a long chat with Huntley Middle School Principal Amonaquenette Parker. Parker talked about the big lessons she learned about education during the pandemic and her perspective as a Black educator and mother as the country has started having more conversations about racial inequality and police brutality. The conversation covered a lot of ground, so they also talked about when Parker’s mom was her boss for a few years and her love of cheesy

 'Dear Class of 2020...' | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1836

This is a special episode of the show we’re calling “Dear Class of 2020…” The teachers are gone. This week it’s all about the students graduating after the strangest senior year ever. You’re going to hear four valedictorians give the speeches they would have given, in a normal year, to an auditorium full of their friends and family. The Class of 2020 valedictorians are: Xavior Hutsell of Roosevelt High School in Rockford Nina Mitchell of DeKalb High School Ashley Althaus of Amboy High School And

 Confronting Systemic Racism & Inequity In Education | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1652

This week, we have our first ever returning guest on Teachers’ Lounge: Maurice McDavid. He’s been a teacher and administrator in his hometown of DeKalb for about a decade, but, starting next year, he’s going to be an elementary school principal in West Chicago. Maurice is a black educator. He talked to host Peter Medlin about what he’s been thinking about during this national movement confronting police brutality and systemic racism in America. And Maurice gave his perspective on the racial

 How To Be Present Teaching & Learning To Laugh At Smuggled Toasters |Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2076

Editor’s Note: WNIJ and our podcast Teachers’ Lounge are giving a platform for you to hear some of valedictorian speeches students may not get to give in person this year. It’s called “Dear Class of 2020...” If you want your school to be a part of our special edition show, send us an email at teacherslounge@niu.edu . And thanks! This week Marilyn Moltz is on the show. She’s been teaching English in DeKalb for around 30 years! Marilyn and host Peter Medlin covered a lot of ground in their

 From Language Arts To Rap Battles: The Last Wordbender | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2566

On a new Teachers’ Lounge, seventh grade language arts teacher Justin Saichek AKA The Last Wordbender . Justin is a rapper and spoken word artist who teaches at West Middle School in Rockford. Justin talked to host Peter Medlin about how he got his rap name, teaching in the same building he went to middle school, coronavirus learning challenges, freestyle rap battles, and they dove deep on Justin’s hip hop career and music influences. Stay tuned until the end of the episode or click the play

 American Music, Motivation & Education | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2117

On a new episode of Teachers’ Lounge, roots musician, jazz guitarist & music teacher: Jim Kanas. He’s retiring from DeKalb Public Schools this year and has been an artist-in-residence with the Illinois Arts Council at schools across the state. Jim talked to host Peter Medlin about e-learning, being an artist outside of the big city, his passion for American music and, obviously, we didn’t have him on without making him play a little something. Also, Jim was featured on an episode of Sessions

 A Special Edition Student Teachers' Lounge & Learning Art During COVID-19 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1402

This week, the Teachers’ Lounge is actually a Student Teachers’ Lounge. We have DeKalb Founders Elementary student teacher & Northern Illinois University senior, Evadne Bowlin. Evadne talked to host Peter Medlin about how coronavirus affects her both as a student-teacher and just as a college student. We also got into her journey to education and how she’s kind of been a student teacher since the 7th grade. Along with that, in this episode we also have stories about prison civics education

 Teaching In The Time Of Coronavirus, Silver Linings & Cooking Cabbage |Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2405

On this week’s show: John Zuber. He talked with host Peter Medlin about teaching in the time of coronavirus. John is particularly fascinated by how it’s impacted his relationships with his students. He thinks so far doing classes online from his couch while traversing technical difficulties has made them more casual and maybe more personable. They also talked about how his rural district is handling e-learning, why high school seniors feel a bit like Hamlet and how having kids changed how he

 COVID-19, Class-Sourced Novels & 30 Days to Empathy | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2296

On this week’s show: Jay Rehak. He’s an author and Chicago Public Schools language arts teacher. He and his classes at Whitney Young High School are the co-writers of over a dozen student-sourced novels. Host Peter Medlin talked to Jay about how his students are handling coronavirus concerns and the weirdest year of his teaching life. They also covered why empathy is his life’s mission, childhood trauma, the writing process and, since he’s the author of, “10 Short Plays To Read Before You Die,”

 From Here To Uruguay | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1628

On this week’s show: James Cohen. He’s an associate professor of ESL & bilingual education at Northern Illinois University. He’s also a former Fulbright Scholar who has lived in several different countries across the world and most recently taught in Uruguay. I talked to James about his time in the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka & the reverse culture shock he felt coming back to the United States, teaching in Uruguay and bilingual education. He’s also taught and done research on undocumented

 Meet A Reading Specialist & Her Team Of Therapy Dogs | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1583

On a new Teachers' Lounge: Trudy DesLauriers. She's a reading specialist at Morris Elementary School who has taught for over 30 years. She also has two golden retriever therapy dogs, Martha and Thelma Lou, who come in to help struggling readers. Once a month, a group of other therapy dogs from greyhounds to goldendoodles join them for their "Sit! Stay! Read!" event. Trudy talked to host Peter Medlin about how her therapy dog program and how Martha and Thelma Lou sometimes get to offer emotional

 Cross-Cultural Learning & World Travel. Plus, What's The Most 'American' Food? | Teachers' Lounge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1943

On this week’s podcast: Maggie Kasicki talks to host Peter Medlin. She teaches English as a Second Language at Rockford University. She also volunteers at schools across Rockford teaching cross-cultural education. They also talked a lot about her traveling, but specifically about how she travels culturally. There's no Holiday Inn, no continental breakfast. Maggie gets straight-up embedded. She also hosts lots of international students at her house. Plus, Peter asked her about what foods she

 A Deep Dive Into The Top Education Issues of 2019-20 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2113

Erik Czerwin, language arts & literature teacher at Rockford's Guilford High School, sits down with host Peter Medlin for a wide-ranging discussion of the top education issues of 2019 and what they'll be looking at in 2020. They talk about everything from local stories like: The Rockford Public Schools' ransomware attack and how it pulled teaching back 20 years Dealing with Guilford's lack of air conditioning & heat How Trauma-informed instruction transformed his teaching style And they


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