Sorry this is so long!! As many of you know, I'm a first year third grade teacher at a private school. There were 21 third graders this year so they decided to open up a new 3rd grade classroom (there has always only been one class per grade) to keep the classes smaller and I was hired for that room. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but the other third grade teacher at the school is a little rough around the edges and I was told that my class was hand-picked for me because of that. I was given all of the more sensitive children because of the fear that they wouldn't be able to handle having the other teacher. I was given my list of 11 students in August and sent out all of my welcome letters and what-not. Then, about a week later, I was told that the principal's nephew would be attending the school this year and he was placed in my class (because he is very sensitive) so one of my students was moved to the other third grade to keep the numbers even. I ended up with 11 students until last week when one of them moved. Today we had a staff meeting and a parent came in to speak with the principal. She seemed very upset and concerned about her son (in the other 3rd grade) but obviously nothing was discussed in front of us and I forgot all about it since it had nothing to do with me. About an hour later the principal came into my room to let me know that the boy that was originally placed in my class and then moved would be starting in my class as of tomorrow. He has had a terrible time in the other third grade and his mom is not happy. he actually stayed home from school today because he was so upset about the situation. I have to admit, I was a little flattered that she would be moving him to my room and trusting me to basically fix the situation. I'm nervous now, though, because I've never dealt with a new student coming into my room and I know that the other third grade is ahead of us because he started with academics on the first day of school and I didn't really get into the curriculum until about the 3rd day. I'm afraid to ask the other teacher how far they've gotten, though, in case there are some hard feelings there about the whole situation. I don't want him to hold it against me.