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'Dizz Wizz' book series author and educator Rheon Gibson returns | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

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Peter Medlin
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Rheon Gibson!

On a new Teachers’ Lounge, Rheon Gibson returns to the show!

He’s a school director of student and family services and author of the Dizz Wizz series. They’re children's books drawn from the most common issues he heard from students during his time as a school counselor.

Rheon joined the show in 2021 to talk about his teacher origin story and how he got started writing Dizz Wizz. Now, he just published the 4th entry into the series. We talk about the evolution of Dizz Wizz, how social emotional learning is crucial for both kids AND adults, & how writing books about fathers and sons has changed him as a dad.

If you’ve never listened to Teachers’ Lounge 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 please subscribe to our Teachers' Lounge newsletter right here where you can stay up to speed on the show and share stories you think we should cover!

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 30th 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.

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SHOW NOTES

Educator in this episode: Rheon Gibson

Story featured in this episode: 'Modeling' science classes ditch lectures for experiments and student-led discussion

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.