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.
As the shortage of talent continues to hit schools hard, both for leadership and teachers, it may be time for schools to begin thinking about how Michigan’s approved alternative routes to certification can help to overcome this obstacle.
Can you sense it? It’s right around the corner and almost everyone is looking forward to it. It’s SUMMER BREAK! About this time in the school year, everyone from kids to parents to teachers, start daydreaming about what their summer breaks will look like. There might be trips to take, swimming to be done, and house/yard work to catch-up on. This list of activities might seem manageable until you realize just how fast the summer flies by.
It is job-seeking season in education! In the weeks and months ahead, prospective teachers will tidy up their resumes, dust off their best business attire, and prepare to make an impression upon school leaders and/or human resource representatives.
Over the last week, nominees for the have been submitting their applications for the Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year award . I have had the opportunity to read through many of them and I have seen a common theme running through the applications – empowered teachers.