Continue to put students first, providing intervention to those who need it
and challenging those who need that. Provide teachers with appropriate teaching tools to meet students' needs, including technology to enhance their teaching, and technology to prepare our kids for 21st century learning.
Are parents finding it difficult to help with their kid's Common Core math homework? Are kids finding Common Core helpful or frustrating? How do teachers and administrators feel about Common Core math?
Less testing and more instructional time
We have great and talented teachers that have to spend a lot of time conducting tests and assessments. I understand the need for data and records of student improvement, but how many tests a year is necessary for that information? Could time be more well spent on learning?
This is a simple thing, but longer lunch
Sharing a meal is such an important part of being a human and it really bothers us that they have 10 minutes to eat. I know they can go to the "away" table, but that means skipping recess, so that's not going to happen. Also, they are told to always be quiet. Again, not community or real life.
Teachers are asked to work with too many kids with a wide variety of needs from behavioral to academic. The rooms are crowded, and because of the numbers, teachers can't impact the learning of all students to the same degree. I know that this is an expensive change, but aren't all kids worth it.