A Song of Psychology & Esports | Teachers' Lounge Classic
This week, we're revisiting a classic episode of Teachers' Lounge from 2021 with Jeff Pitner.
He’s a psychology teacher at Guilford High School in Rockford. Pitner’s also the coach of their very successful eSports team! Peter talked with him about how much the team has grown and building the community over the years.
“I remember two years ago, this moment just sticks with me. This kid, it was his first time ever coming to the club. It's in the library and he walks in, he sees some kids playing games over here, some more kids playing games over there and he stops, he drops his things, he raises his hands in the air and he goes ‘My people! I’m here! I found them!’” Jeff said. “And everyone just kind of looks at him and goes, ‘Hey!' It was just a great like welcoming moment just bringing them in the fold. And then they all started singing the “Halo” theme together.”
Peter also talks with him about how his psychology classes have evolved as he’s learned about restorative justice and how the pandemic impacts the social dynamics of the classroom.
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Educator in this episode: Jeff Pitner
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.
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