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Can creative, relational learning lead to higher test scores? It's time to find out| Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Rockford Public Schools

On a new Teachers’ Lounge: Aubrey Barnett!

She just finished her first year at Flinn Middle School in Rockford. She worked in mental health. She worked at a more experimental, progressive school. This year, she was at a huge public school wondering if her convictions about education were going to work at one of the biggest public schools in Illinois.

“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.”

Hear more about her teaching philosophy, the learning model that transformed her 8th-grade classroom & why she got into education in the first place!

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, July 29 at 11 a.m. on 89-5 FM and right here WNIJ.org. Tune in on the last Friday of the month at the same time for future episodes.


Educator(s) in this episode:

Aubrey Barnett

Stories in this episode:

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Students with visual impairments are often shut out of sex education. Here's how educators say they can learn with the help of 3D models.

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.