Teachers' Lounge

Teachers' Lounge

Host Peter Medlin connects with teachers, students and leaders in education as they discuss the biggest issues impacting classrooms.We want to hear your experiences as an educator. Send us a note to teacherslounge@niu.edu

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July 5, 2024 50 mins
it’s time for a geography class. Well, HUMAN GEOGRAPHY -- which teaches the WHY of WHERE. My chat with a 2024 Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist.
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We interviewed the same teacher every single month during the school year to give you an honest look at the hard work that goes into teaching every day.
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In our student correspondent segment, we follow a group of students in a club, sport, or activity throughout their entire season -- the highs and lows and the friends they make along the way.
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On a bonus episode, WNIJ' Maria Gardner-Lara's conversation with a Palestinian graduate student in the College of Education at NIU.
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On a new Teachers’ Lounge podcast, Professor Joe Flynn doesn’t want to teach future educators how to teach nouns and verbs.“I want to teach people about what is behind all of that," he said. "I want to teach people about what's the functioning and purpose of education in and of itself.”Teaching as a tool for profound growth -- or oppression. It’s on a new Teachers' Lounge.
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On a new Teachers' Lounge podcast, an agriculture teacher talks about food, farms, and her family of students.
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On a new Teachers' Lounge podcast, an agriculture teacher talks about food, farms, and her family of students.
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This week, it’s the 2nd and final part of our conversation with Northern Illinois University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Dr. Gulsat Aygen. Dr. Aygen is a world-renowned Linguistics teacher, author, and translator.
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On a new TL Podcast, world-renowned linguist, NIU professor, andformer political prisoner — Dr. Gulsat Aygen.“How did I end up being more human than I ever was, despite all the torture and dehumanizing circumstances I was in, I always think about this.”Listen to part 1 of our conversation about her life AND the ultimate goal of education. That’s on a new TL out now on WNIJ.org or wherever you get podcasts.
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On a new Teachers’ Lounge podcast, we're heading to Peter's alma mater to talk with the founder of an award-winning program for first-generation college students.
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On a new Teachers' Lounge podcast, Rockford’s Lathrop Elementary School Principal Daniela Boer!Daniela has had a fascinating career. She’s from Brazil, came to northern Illinois as an exchange student in high school, went back home, taught in Brazil, lived in Mexico, and, eventually, returned to the U.S. to teach in Rockford.
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February 16, 2024 66 mins
On a brand-new Teachers' Lounge Podcast, get your dancing shoes on because we're talking with dance teachers from Vargo's Dance in Geneva, Illinois!
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What are the most important education issues of the year? WNIJ's Peter Medlin and NIU's Jason Klein share everything you need to know.
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This week, we're revisiting our 2022 conversation with Dr. Kathleen “Kadi” Billman. This is an episode unlike we’ve ever had. We’re diving into some heavy, emotional topics today. Until her retirement during the pandemic, Dr. Billman was a professor of pastoral ministry, pastoral theology and director of the Master of Divinity program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Billman also taught a class called “Caring for the ...
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Paraprofessional. Teachers' aide. Instructional Aid. The other teacher who comes in to help. Whatever you might know them as — paraprofessionals can be the glue that keeps classrooms together.
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Before 2024, we revisit a few of the education stories from Teachers’ Lounge that stuck out to us this year. Some of them are very serious, some are uplifting or even fun — but they’re all important.
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A look back at some of our favorite Teachers' Lounge conversations in 2023. If you've never heard our show — think of this as a great holiday sampler!
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Everybody needs a coach…including teachers.“We can spend entire careers standing by ourselves in a room full of students with nobody to bounce ideas off — and that's a shame.”How an instructional coach helps teachers help their students.
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On a new Teachers’ Lounge, it’s a unique burden and responsibility to be the only Black teacher at your school.“I take it so seriously, because a lot of times this is a child's first interaction with an African American person, or at least a positive role model, unlike a stereotype which they may have seen in a movie or something. It's nerve-racking,” said Mira.Hear that conversation and much more on a new Teachers' Lounge.
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On a new Teachers’ Lounge podcast, Susan’s been teaching 2nd grade for a long time and the technology changed so much. But, sometimes you still have to go old school -- literally.
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