Is there a grade that just kills you? For me it's first grade. For some reason, first grade often seems needier than kinders or even preschoolers. I've never subbed in a first grade room where someone hasn't asked to go to the nurse. No matter how many times I tell them to sit in their seats, whenever I turn around, there's one right on my tail with some problem or other...it's quite comical in a certain sense. Recently I was in a first grade class that spent the two days I was there telling me what Mrs. X. didn't like subs doing. "Mrs. X. doesn't like it when the subs use the soap at the sink." "Mrs. X. doesn't like it when the subs use the elmo projector." And on, and on, and on. I have no idea what went down the last time she was gone, but I am not "the sub" I am a teacher who happens to be covering for another teacher. One student even tried to get my attention by saying "hey Sub!" If they were middle or high school, I would see it as a genuine effort to display a lack of respect. With this young an age, I have to seriously wonder how their teacher prepared them for her absence.