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.
In many cases, teachers are hired and put in a classroom (sometimes just days or hours before the first day of school!) and are expected to make the magic happen. If s/he can’t, it is assumed that the teacher has some major deficit. Most times, this assumption is incorrect and reflects unrealistic expectations of what a degree in education or certification actually prepares one for.
Having five years of experience implementing a Federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant in partnership with 1,000+ educators in Detroit, we have an inside scoop on the impact of a merit pay structure. And the most notable “merit” might surprise you!
We all are in need of top talent for our schools and with the recent teacher shortages spanning across the nation, it's obvious that there is tough competition out there for those rock stars. When posting an open position for your school, keep in mind that if you keep with the traditional generic write-up, it is most likely whom you will attract for the interview- dull and generic individuals. Here are some practical tips to keep up with the next generation of motivated and energetic educators to attract them to your school!