Isn't it "amazing" how Fridays increases your chances of subbing by about 85%? That was the case yesterday as they called me 6:20 AM (beats the super duper late 7:30 AM phone call). I was excited; it was my first first grade assignment. Coincidentally, the other day my friend was telling me how she likes K, 2-3. I asked her what she has against 1st grade and she said "With K I can be patient. By 2nd they're usually good to go. 1 though, they're not quite 'ready' and sometimes I lack the patience balancing that along with my expectations of what a 1st grader should be able to do." I had yet to sub for 1st grade so I told her I'll have to see how I feel about it myself. Sure enough, couple days later, boom. When I arrived, they told me to be aware of Kenny. Said he has difficulty sitting still and doing the 1st grade work. I arrived and there were no lesson plans whatsoever. And this wasn't half day, this was full day. I was like "Uhhhh...." trembling like a newborn kitten. Then walked in one of the teachers and she said she spoke with the regular teacher and here's what I could do for the day. Anyway, I've never had rowdier kids before. They were bouncing off the walls. Kenny really belongs in SDC. Even the teacher told me "he doesn't have to do the regular work, he can color or work on one of the computers." It was clear he had a learning disability. What that is, I was not informed of. So basically, I was working with 25 1st graders who I didn't know half the names for (couldn't remember in 1 day their names so I felt even less in control than I would had I known their names on cue) AND Kenny required me constantly focusing on him. It was honestly like the sub experience from a movie or nightmare. A small handful constantly getting out of their seats, students encouraging Kenny to do bad things (i.e. pretend your crayon is a cigarette! Can you believe that? I didn't think an "innocent" 6 year old had that in him!) The day felt incredibly long. At the end, per the next door teacher's recommendation, I put on a movie and was able to work with Kenny 1 on 1. He needs 1 on 1 focus and attention. The reason he's not in SDC is because he moved here 3 weeks ago and this school doesn't have SDC. It's a shame, because he clearly does not belong in a standard 1st grade classroom. I guess they're stuck in a case of "Well it's already May... so just do the best you can til June..." Even the secretary and principal warned me about Kenny in the morning. They warned me too that after lunch he usually "loses it" so I can send him to the office if need be. Thankfully he didn't lose it to the point where I had to send him off, but he was a constant handful all day long, though slightly better with 1 on 1 attention in the afternoon time. The secretary asked me if I would come back Monday SAME class for a half day. I decided to take it. To be honest the day left me with a semi-bitter taste in my mouth, and I felt like I wanted a re-try if you will. Now that I know the students' names, what they're sort of like, and how the classroom is arranged and ran. I have a better idea of what to expect and what to do on Monday. At the end a couple teachers checked in with me. I told them I'll be back for a re-try on Monday. One said no, not a re-try. You're continuing. What a positive way to look at it! Any tips for dealing with a room of rowdy 1st graders AND one child who should be in SDC? I just know I want to give this one more go. I get that chance Monday!