Hey guys, I am new to an excellent STEM school in a big city. We have very long periods here (1 hour 45 minutes).... I am finding it hard to keep students engaged for this long. I teach middle school English. I know some people would love to have this much time to plan and do all they want etc, but I am finding it hard to keep them excited and engaged for that long everyday. What kind of things can I do to keep them active and engaged during these lessons. I have one class that is VERY squirrely .... I know they would probably benefit from more group activities, hands on stuff etc, but they are so hard to keep under control that I sometimes don't even want to try anything new.