Our schedule is pretty much handed down to us from our principal, so we get what we get....and we
rarely never throw a fit! In some ways this is nice and it takes a lot of pressure off of me to create the "perfect" schedule. It is what it is and we really try to make the best of it. The only thing I really miss is having a dedicated 'center' time each day. I truly believe that my kiddos need that down time to play, learn, and practice their social skills. What my team has done in years past, is incorporate some 'play' centers into the Sci/SS block a couple times a week. There are a couple of really good TN state standards that deal with social skills and communication that we are able to correlate with this 'play/learning' time.
Do you have 'play' centers in your classroom? Do you have a specific time in your schedule for them? If not, do you work them in somehow?