Apparently I have forgotten how to be an effective sub. After over 14 years of no complaints, I just got my 3rd complaint in the last 1 and 1/2 years from three schools in the same district. I will know soon if they released me from the district, since the handbook states you "might" be released if you get complaints from three school sites. I wanted to get some opinions on strike #2 last year. I have worked in numerous assorted Special Ed classes over the years, and have been requested in quite a few. I have worked with a couple hundred aides over the years, and have had no problems with any of them, until last year, when I subbed in an ARSD K-3 class. I feel as though I was defeated in this class before I even met the students. One of the two aides asked. " Are subbing for Mrs.------. When I replied yes, she turned her head in disappointment. It became evident she wanted nothing to do with me, and did not ever speak to me. I did ask some questions of the other aide, but neither one initiated any conversation with me, or offered any advice or feedback. There was an agitated Kindergartner who took a swing at one of the aides, who tried to keep him restrained, as I went about my business to teach the rest of the class. he was probably agitated for a good half an hour, and i was asked to fill out an incident report after school. While she was tending to this child, i was almost done with a lesson that I thought was going well with the rest of the students. About three to five minutes before completing the lesson, A student said " I need a break." We were 90% finished, so I said," we are almost done dear". The aide then yelled at me from the back of the room ' Ah GIVE HER A BREAK". a few weeks later I was called into personnel as a result of my " unsatisfactory service". The superintendent did not really tell me what i did wrong, but I did tell my side of the story,although she did remind me i could be released if i get another complaint. I e- mailed the teacher to apologize and to find out what I did wrong. She said the aides are the experts and i did not follow the their suggestions. She also said that I used too many words which can agitate autistic children, and she said that i made the mistake of trying to 'sooth' the agitated child by touching him on the shoulder, which only makes them more agitated. Of course, the aides gave me no suggestions, and it seemed obvious that one of them wanted nothing to do with me from the beginning. My touching of the student was to lend some support to the restraining aide in case she needed it. Should I have been written up for this day? Is being "too wordy" a problem across the entire autistic spectrum? The student is already being restrained, is my touching him on the shoulder going to make it worse? i feel i paid the price for aides who chose to ignore me rather than advise me.