I met my aides yesterday. One has been with the school as a 1:1 for 2 years. The other one is new, like me. She is good (we had a parent meeting and she did great with the child while the other guy sat in the corner and brooded). The experienced one, a guy, is telling me how I should run my room--not in a mean way, but "this is what we did..." While I appreciate the insight on the kids, I've tried explaining to him that my teaching methods are different and I was hired to implement structured teaching. I can tell I will have problems with him. Example: I asked the two to each do 1 thing while I was in a case conference on Friday. Put my Bee books together and obtain gloves & sanitizer for the changing room. Well, the new girl put the bee books together and he went to the previous teacher's room and put up a hideous (in my opinion) bulletin board on a divider that the kids will destroy the first day. I had to find the gloves and disinfectant myself--at 6:00 pm after everyone was gone. I'm gonna have to be a be-otch, I know and I'm not looking forward to it. The other thing is, my students are very low. In fact this is the first time I've ever had a kiddo with no academic goals whatsoever. But it's a strange mix of low--two kids are working on identifying letters of their names, and another two are supposed to take turns/share without hitting, scratching, etc. I haven't even dug into the IEP's of the other 3 yet and school starts tomorrow! I guess I'm just whining. There aren't many solutions. Thanks for letting me whine.