A Holiday Special: Over 40 Years In 4th Grade | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Dec 25, 2020

On a special Christmas Day edition of Teachers’ Lounge: Rod Genandt. He’s been teaching 4th grade at Forreston Grade School for over 40 years in his hometown of Forreston, Illinois. He’s taught kids, he’s taught the kids of those kids and maybe even the kids of those kids before all is said and done.

He talked to host Peter Medlin about that, about the lack of men teaching grade school, how to create a safe and comfortable classroom for kids in a time it’s so hard to feel safe and comfortable.

Of course, we want you, our listeners, to be a part of the show. Send us an email at teacherslounge@niu.edu to nominate a teacher in your life to be on our show. While you’re there, tell us how you’re feeling about in-person or virtual school this winter. And, if you want, record your thoughts and feelings into your phone with your voice memos app, then send the file to teacherslounge@niu.edu and we could feature it on the podcast!

Credit Spencer Tritt

SHOW NOTES

Educator in this episode:

Rod Genandt

Stories Featured in this episode:

Schools Work Around The Pandemic To Provide Holiday Concerts

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