20-Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Navigates the Ebb and Flow of Student Engagement for the Entire 50 Minutes Class Period


50 minutes is a long time. When’s the last time you were engaged for 50 solid minutes? Interestingly enough…we expect our kids to be engaged for a solid 50 minutes every day.


We need to plan for student engagement just like we plan for covering the learning target. To help us in this noble quest is educator, author, podcaster, wife, and mother Gretchen Schultek Bridgers.




Gretchen’s Book:

Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You In College

Gretchen’s Website:


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The Problem:

It’s hard to keep students engaged for 50 solid minutes.

The Solution:

Include engagement in lesson planning.

What You Can Do Tomorrow?

  • Chunk your lesson.
  • Formulate an engagement strategy for each chunk.
  • Anticipate student disengagement…who and when.
  • Include peer teaching.
  • Constantly debrief.

Learn to navigate the ebb and flow of student engagement. Enter your room tomorrow with confidence and enthusiasm!

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