Oh, dear. I went down to my new school yesterday at the end of the day to meet my principal, see my classroom, and talk to the sub about what sorts of activities the kids were working on. The sub was fantastic. She had left detailed notes about each child, their behavior, their reading and math levels, and what they worked on during the first few days of school. She told me she was glad I had visited, though, because there was something she didn't want to leave in a note that she felt I needed to know. "I don't want to talk bad about anybody, but ... just, remember that you're the teacher. You're in charge." Oh, no. Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah, right before I entered Assistant H*ll last year! I pressed for info. Now, I KNOW this info is coming through a second party (although actually it also came from the principal later on ... so I'm thinking it's accurate ...), but from what I understand, this assistant yells at the students if they don't understand something, she refused to do the things the sub asked her to (the sub laid out all the materials and asked the assistant to assemble the kids' pencil boxes -- the sub put all the materials, unassembled, back into the cabinet -- two days in a row this happened), and she picked a fight with a teacher down the hall about having to give back materials that we had borrowed. I need to go in Monday with a plan for preventing as much negativity as possible. Thoughts?