(I'm writing this in a hurry before school, just to get it out there, so, my apologies for sounding hurried and perhaps a bit rash in my post. I am expressing genuine concern over something I have little understanding about.) I know it can be hard for teachers to write a solid sub plan that involves any instruction being given on the part of the sub, since many subs aren't qualified to teach. I also realize that there are even more difficulties doing this with a Special Education classroom, since many of these students may be slow to warm up to a new classroom presence, and may have difficulty paying attention to an unfamiliar teacher. That said, however, I'm once again a little bit astounded with the lack of "actual education" taking place in Special Education classrooms I've been subbing in for the past few weeks. Nearly all of them have been watching films, and nearly all of these films have no set focus - they're "just for fun". Nothing is asked of students to look out for, even if just to the best of their ability, it's just a break from doing what little they've done this week (from the looks of things, they've written three sentences and done less than two dozen math problems all week). In the past, I have even mentored Special Education students who reported days, even whole weeks, of nothing-doing in their homeroom classes. One student reported watching four movies he had "really wanted to see" one week. The same student was also free to improvise short films (in the classroom). Some of these things have merit in and of themselves (I'm all about students exploring new, non-academic, interests at school - in many cases, it helps them later focus on the academics!), but when they're taking place in classrooms where the seeming majority of the time is devoid of instruction, or even any real teacher interaction, I feel like there's a problem. I don't want to sound like I'm completely tearing into Special Education, which I understand can be very difficult, and may deal with a broader spectrum of "divergent" learners and individuals with learning disabilities, but, please tell me how this happens? Why does it seem like we're not at least trying to educate these kids? As an example: in the past two weeks, we've watched the following movies: - Despicable Me - Finding Nemo - The Incredibles - Matilda (in "mild interventions", following having read the book, so this is a bit of an exception) - Transformers - Thor ...what's the point? Some kids are perfectly content with it, while others express boredom, discontent, and even rage that they're not doing something else while they're at school. As a substitute, I'm of course impotent to actually do anything but turn in notes about my experiences and observations, but can I do anything else? Is there anything that I should perhaps suggest? Or should I try to be content, myself?