I struggle with the kids having to sit quietly during lunch, at their desks, and watch a movie. Having time in the cafeteria (or gym), to visit while eating, then run out to recess when they are done (instead of waiting for the whole class) would be so beneficial. Social and physical development.
I am seeing an increasing number of students be verbally rude or disrespectful to staff with no consequences. We seem to excuse away these unacceptable behaviors with the excuse of trauma. Personally, no child has a right to be blatantly disrespectful to an adult no matter what.
Tone down the testing
I am hoping that there is a national change coming with the amount of state testing our students are required to complete. It is WAY too much as it is right now, and as teachers we are not able to get through all of our grade-level standards due to the amount of time the testing requires.
Teachers are overwhelmed with the workload and demands being placed on them. New curriculum, CCSS, TPEP, student behavior issues, lack of support, and lack of resources and basic supplies. Everything adds up to a daunting future in a teacher's career. How can the district better support teachers?
Children have little opportunity to be active during their school day. Somehow they need to move more and sit less, even during classes.