Teachers' Lounge Teachers' Lounge is a new podcast from WNIJ diving into the issues impacting students and teachers across Illinois, and giving teachers themselves space to tell stories from inside their classroom.
Teachers' Lounge

Teachers' Lounge

From Northern Public Radio

Teachers' Lounge is a new podcast from WNIJ diving into the issues impacting students and teachers across Illinois, and giving teachers themselves space to tell stories from inside their classroom.

Most Recent Episodes

How to break down barriers and discover learning solutions | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

"One of the questions I learned to ask early in my career as an educator is, was my experience, maybe not everybody's experience, or was it?"

How to break down barriers and discover learning solutions | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Revisiting the wise words of the Class of 2020 | Teachers' Lounge Classic

We're reflecting on speeches from the Class of 2020 as we near the 4th school year impacted by the pandemic.

Revisiting the wise words of the Class of 2020 | Teachers' Lounge Classic

Can creative, relational learning lead to higher test scores? It's time to find out| Teach...

"I was really terrified this year, this was my first year to put it where you say you got it," she said. "I don't know for sure that meaningful, relational, creative learning yields test results. I know that people of my belief in academia say that. I know there's a lot of literature that says that, but you don't know you're going to get that."

Can creative, relational learning lead to higher test scores? It's time to find out| Teach...

Crocheted opossums, fighting for your students, & student teaching at your old high school...

Rachel joins Teachers' Lounge after a busy few months between getting a Master's Degree, securing her first full-time teaching job, and finishing up student teaching AT HER OLD HIGH SCHOOL!

Crocheted opossums, fighting for your students, & student teaching at your old high school...

A school year in the life of a teacher | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Our classroom correspondent tells the story of his school year – a year in the life of a teacher — the ups and downs, holidays, tests, all of it. It's a month-by-month trip through the 2021-22 school year.

'Never smile until Christmas': tales from teaching in the 1960s | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

"When I started teaching, as a teacher, you were extremely isolated. You were closed in this room with them. In my second year of teaching, I had 50 3rd graders!"

'Never smile until Christmas': tales from teaching in the 1960s | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

State of the Students | Teachers' Lounge podcast

Destiny Hudson was in 5th grade when COVID-19 shut down schools back in 2020. Now, she's finishing up 7th Grade. Devin Snow was a sophomore when it all went down and now he's graduating high school. They've both been through this weird learning experience, but at very different points in their education journey.

The 2022 Illinois Teacher of the Year | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

The 2022 Illinois Teacher of the Year joins Teachers' Lounge to talk about what it means to her, being a small-town educator, teaching new languages, and much more!

30 Days to Empathy | Teachers' Lounge CLASSIC

We revisit our conversation with the teacher, author and creator of the class-sourced novel: Jay Rehak!

30 Days to Empathy | Teachers' Lounge CLASSIC

We revisit our conversation with the teacher, author and creator of the class-sourced novel: Jay Rehak!