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Pancake Day & What It Takes To Teach Students With Special Needs | Teachers' Lounge

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Peter Medlin
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On a new Teachers’ Lounge, special education teacher Jessica Sperry! She just switched from teaching elementary school to high school special education -- all while raising a baby -- during a pandemic! I’m tired just thinking about it.

We talked about how tough it was for her students and parents at the beginning of the pandemic. Jessica and I went into how she’s learning to motivate her high school students…the way you motivate any teenagers...with pancakes, and so much more!

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 or deserve a spotlight in your community. 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, January 28 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.

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SHOW NOTES

Educator(s) in this episode:

Jessica Sperry

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.