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49 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Oh, The Places 'WeGo' | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
West Chicago High School English teacher Brian Turnbaugh talks about how he's grown as an educator through the pandemic and his podcast WeGo Places that highlights his former students who went on to do great things.
53 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
A Song Of Psychology & Video Games Pt. 2 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
Psychology teacher and eSports coach Jeff Pitner returns to talk video games, Critical Race Theory, and how COVID-19 has affected how his students interact with each other and his class.
47 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
A Song Of Psychology & Video Games Pt. 1 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
Guilford High School psychology teacher Jeff Pitner joins the show to talk about how COVID-19 has changed the social dynamics of his classroom and the top-tier eSports team he coaches.
43 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
With Special Guest Educator...My Mom! | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
Peter talks his mom into joining the podcast to discuss her 17 years as a teacher and what it's like completely changing careers in your 40s.
44 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Self Love & The Brown Teacher's Guide To Education | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
Educator and author of books like "The Brown Teacher's Guide To Education" joins Teachers' Lounge to talk self-love, pandemic teaching and engaging with your creativity.
34 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
'At Least Masks Keep Markers Out Of Their Mouths': A Guide To Teaching Pandemic Kindergarten | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
Education during COVID-19 has been really hard. But it's been uniquely challenging for our youngest students. Hear firsthand how teachers tried to get them the help they need in a year when it was the hardest to do that.
46 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Teaching Psychology & Childhood Trauma In Prison | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a new Teachers' Lounge, we talk to a professor about teaching people in prison about psychology and childhood trauma and why she's leading a new bachelor's degree program at Big Muddy Correctional Center.
35 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
The Principal Behind 'Dizz Wizz' Books Talks Father-Son Stories & The Student Who Changed His Life | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
DeKalb elementary school principal Rheon Gibson enters Teachers' Lounge to talk about his children's book series 'Dizz Wizz' and starting as a principal during COVID.
42 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Mental Illness In Pop Culture, Counseling, And Teaching Squirrels | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
Retired NIU counseling professor Scott Wickman sits down with Peter to talk about what it takes to help people process trauma and why he's trying to train the squirrels in his backyard.
55 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Teachers' Lounge Live: End Of The School Year Edition
Students and teachers just finished a school year like no other. Join us for a conversation about the unique challenges and successes of the COVID school year on a special Teachers’ Lounge LIVE. Host Peter Medlin talks to Sycamore Superintendent Steve Wilder, Byron High School teacher Mike McHale and DeKalb High School senior Brayten Wilkerson.
46 minutes | May 28, 2021
A School Social Worker Talks Helping Student Mental Health During COVID | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
Today on the show we have a school social worker -- Silvia Hudzik! She’s a social worker for middle school students at Rockford Public Schools, she’s had the chance to talk to dozens and dozens of students online and in-person throughout COVID.
51 minutes | May 14, 2021
A Teacher Of Teachers Talks How COVID Impacts The Next Gen Of Educators | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
Today on the show we have not just a teacher, but a teacher of teachers! Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper is the Dean of the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. We talked about what drives her to want to help mold the next generation of teachers, how today’s aspiring teachers are different than 10 years ago, her career-spanning literacy work and how COVID-19 has changed how student teachers prepare to go into the classroom.
54 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
'CHUTZ-POW!', Superman & Comic Books As A Social Force | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a new episode of Teachers’ Lounge: Marcel Walker! He’s a comic book artist and art teacher extraordinaire. Marcel helped create the educational comic series “CHUTZ-POW! Superheroes of the Holocaust” with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and works with “ToonSeum" -- a museum of comics and cartoons.
49 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Fat Doesn't Mean Unhealthy: Exploring Fat Studies And Body Politics | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a new Teachers’ Lounge, Dr. Laurie Cooper Stoll: sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She’s also an author who studies social inequalities, gendered violence and fat studies -- which is primarily what we talked about on this episode. She also has a website and blog she runs with a colleague, Dr. Darci Thoune, called “Two Fat Professors” where they fight fatphobia with education, community building and, as they say, a LOT of sass.
57 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
'Black, Brown & Bilingüe' | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a new episode of Teachers' Lounge, Lissette Jacobson and Maurice McDavid! They’re elementary school principals in West Chicago and the hosts of the podcast “Black, Brown & Bilingüe”! They talked to Peter about the mission of their show – uniting the Black and Brown communities with conversations & education. We covered identity and intersectionality and what it means in education, Illinois’ culturally responsive teaching standards that Maurice helped write, the non-profits they’re both starting on top of everything else and so much more!
44 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
When Your Older Brother Is Your High School Teacher: A Family Of Teachers | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a new Teachers’ Lounge, we have an entire family of teachers --the Goekes! Karl, Stacy and Rachel join Peter to talk about their experiences as educators going through the pandemic. We talked about how in-person school “normalcy” isn’t really that normal at all.
35 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
A Year Later, Looking Back At The Last Day Of School Before COVID-19 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a new episode of Teachers' Lounge: Jackie Cleven! She’s a second-grade teacher at South Prairie Elementary in Sycamore and teaches at Kishwaukee College. Longtime Teachers’ Lounge fans may remember Jackie as the first guest who was ever on this show. She shared a personal essay about how she feels at the end of the school year. Host Peter Medlin always felt a little bad because she’s our only guest who was never actually interviewed -- so we wanted to fix that, more than a year-and-a-half and 40+ episodes later.
49 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
What It Means To Be A Progressive School, Spectrum & Saving The Planet | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a new episode of Teachers' Lounge: Mary Beth Cunat! She’s the principal at Spectrum Progressive School in Rockford. Talking to Mary Beth is like taking a free master’s degree class in education. We went in-depth about what it means to be a “progressive school,” her lengthy career in education including her time at Chicago Public Schools, teaching working with her family at Spectrum as well as her love of animals (specifically we both love otters and talk about that for a while. Don’t miss it!)
40 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Physical Education Now Includes Meditation |Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a new episode of Teachers' Lounge: Shelly Tranchita! She’s a physical education teacher at Sycamore High School. We talked about how physical health is a vehicle for mental health, and how she focuses on mind and body wellness in her classes. With the trauma her students have endured during the pandemic, she’s started teaching about meditation along with the physical fitness. We also talk about what a virtual or socially-distant P.E. class even looks like. Hint: lots of masks and open windows for air circulation, even during the winter!
48 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Breaking Down The Top Education Issues Of 2021 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a new episode of Teachers' Lounge: Exploring the top education issues to watch in 2021 with Rockford teacher Erik Czerwin.
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