So I subbed Thursday for a first grade class. I met this boy who was retained from kindergarten twice. I learned this from other teachers but you could easily tell he was older than first grade. This kid gets into fights and you can tell his home life is not the best. I for some reason made the connection with this student that apparently no one else could ever do. In one day he admitted I was his favorite thing about first grade (this kid is not known for being sweet) and instead of playing games was eager to be my helper and was pushing for me to eat lunch with the class. I talked to other grade teachers and they were surprised by this behavior. Idk what I did but he connected with me and had a great day regarding listening. The only thing I can think of was that I was comfortable dishing out sarcasm right back at him when he gave it to me. (I obviously cannot do this with everyone) Idk what it is but his story intrigues me. He is almost 9 in the first grade and is incredibly smart I also saw his reading score on the teacher's desk that indicated he was above reading level for his age. Which makes me wonder what else is going on. I also am wondering how is actual teacher deals with him and how his reputation throughout the school has come to be.