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As a teacher, teacher leader and now teacher trainer, there are many lessons I have learned about what makes teachers effective. Through the content I share on my website, I empower you to reach your potential. Click to listen --->

"I am an educator of a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom."


Latest Episodes

199: Educators, I Celebrate You

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Dec 2, 2019

Educators are the most amazing creatures. This episode is completely devoted to the unbelievable educators who do the most important job on Earth. There is an encouraging message for new teachers, teacher leaders, teachers in distress and teachers in transition. Every educator is celebrated!Quotables·     Implementing small, simple changes every day can have extraordinary results.·     Being an educator…

198: Establishing a Positive Culture

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Nov 18, 2019

It’s not all rainbows and butterflies in a classroom or school building. Sometimes the negativity can spread like wild fire and deteriorate a class or school culture. Tune in to hear how to initiate a positive culture, rebuild a culture when it’s broken, and turn around a negative culture. Not only will teachers learn tips…

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3 Tips to Maximize Student Engagement

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Dec 9, 2019

Student interaction is just the beginning of student engagement. If we want students to truly be successful in the classroom, we cannot let it end there. What’s the Difference? Interaction means students are responding in a limited form to each other and yourself as the instructional leader of the classroom. Engagement means students are authentically…

Classroom Management: Moving Beyond Compliance

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Nov 25, 2019

Classroom management is not synonymous with behavior management. One is reactionary and one is preventive. Based on that fact alone, one is easily received and widely successful. Why is that so? When a student feels like they are under a microscope for every move they make (and don’t make), they put their guard up. This…

5 Tips for Designing a Memorable Learning Experience

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Nov 11, 2019

Teachers write lesson plans, but rarely do they actually DESIGN a learning experience. Why is this? Traditional teaching programs focus on the theory of teaching with a sprinkle of actual techniques for how to teach. Part of that how-to process is writing a lesson plan. The emphasis is on all of the components necessary to…

How to Be a Successful Teacher Using Standards-Based Grading

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Oct 28, 2019

Standards-based grading is an approach used to evaluate classroom performance for students. Many schools are beginning to adopt this method because it provides a more accurate snapshot of how students are performing against expectations for their specific grade level. Before diving into how a teacher can be successful in the classroom when implementing a standards-based…