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How do you do science labs remotely? Run to the kitchen and dissolve some eggs | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Peter Medlin

On a new Teachers’ Lounge, we have two science teachers! Marty Baker is a longtime biology teacher and Eric Peterson teaches chemistry at Streamwood High School.

When Eric started, Marty was the one showing him the ropes of the classroom. Now -- 10 years and pandemic later -- Eric feels like he’s the veteran teacher who’s seen it all.

I sat down with both of them to talk about trying to teach science and do lab work remotely during COVID-19, how technology has actually changed things for the better in their classrooms and what a strange transition it’s been for students coming back in person.

If you’ve never listened before, our show is based on an idea -- we’ve all had teachers in our lives who shaped who we are. And we want to hear about the teachers who inspired you. Every educator we have on this podcast, whether teacher, coach, counselor or professor, is nominated by our listeners.

So, tell us about the person who comes to your mind. Shoot us an email and nominate an educator at teacherslounge@niu.edu and they could be on the podcast! And subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to speed on everything to do with the show.

Also, Teachers’ Lounge is now on the radio! The podcast won’t change one bit, but you can now catch the show as an hour-long radio program every month on WNIJ. We’ll have multiple guests, stories, and new segments to hear. Our next episode airs on Friday, December 31 at 11 a.m. on 89-5 FM and right here WNIJ.org. Tune in the last Friday of the month at the same time for future episodes.


Educator(s) in this episode:

Marty Baker

Eric Peterson

Stories in this episode:

How middle school students used a recent Supreme Court case to examine their own school rules

Illinois school-level assessment data reveals the academic struggles of the 2020-21 pandemic-disrupted school year

Music: Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popn," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own Sessions from Studio A where they were featured.

Teachers! People who know teachers! People with stories about teachers! Send us an email and be part of the show! Also, send us your topic recommendations: teacherslounge@niu.edu

Peter joins WNIJ as a graduate of North Central College. He is a native of Sandwich, Illinois.