Take a look at your school schedule-are there any instances in which teachers are expected to work for more than 2 hours without a break? My guess is that it’s pretty typical-especially in schools that are already understaffed. Research has shown that people who take frequent breaks (anywhere from 5-30 minutes) after periods of working (anywhere from 25-90 minutes) are more productive. One study says that people hit their peak by working for 52 minutes and taking a 17-minute break.
Many schools struggle with retention. Student, leader, and teacher retention all play critical roles in establishing and maintaining positive school cultures that lead to increased academic achievement. But is all retention good? Specifically, is all teacher retention good? When resources are limited, schools would be best served to identify their top performing teachers and focus retention efforts on them. Retention policies and programs must be deliberate and emphasize a continued support for a school’s most effective teachers.