I had an observation yesterday during math. I'm supposed to have two paras with me - one F/T and one P/T. My F/T para has been out for 2 months and counting for another one of her workman's comp injuries
and my P/T was out yesterday for whatever her reason was. There was a sub for my F/T para, but not for my P/T. So, we get into our math groups. I put the sub with my smaller math group and me with my larger group. I usually have a para work one-on-one with my one very difficult student but I was short a person so I couldn't do that. Anyway, my sub struggled with the small group because he wasn't used to working with them so I had to keep checking on them instead of just working with my group. Even worse, I didn't have any help for my one difficult student and she pulled out all the stops during the observation - rolling on the floor for a bit, getting up and wandering around the room a couple of times, playing with "toys" rather than not doing her work and rebelling when I took stuff away from her by turning her chair backwards and crossing her arms across her chest. I spent at least 50% of the lesson dealing with her.
My supervisor left when I was going over the homework. By the way, I warned her about this student in advance, but I'm still nervous. Should I email her and explain that I was down a para? She should know this, but I don't think it will register with her.