You are a substitute at a high school. You come to a new school, all you know about your assignment is that it's LS room. Because you are new, the staff at the office is nice enough to explain you things in details, give you a little tour of the main rooms. They don't tell anything about the room you'll be teaching at, except that it's math... You come in a few minutes before the students, quickly look over the plans. You see that you are lucky to have an aide, and she's actually staying with you this period. Students start trickling in, there are 9 of them. You divide them between yourself and the aide (according to the plan) and start doing the assigned work. You see some of them have strange reaction to your questions, mostly ignoring you. You are used to being in so many different LS, Autistic support, life skills classes that you are not surprised. The aide is caring enough to write down and show you a piece of paper: Emotional /Anger/Learning disabilities. 3rd period I was supposed to have only 1 student, no help. I ask about this student, to see what do in case he questions my authority, doesn't want to do the work. Should I talk to him about consequences, I wonder When the aide hears the word “consequences”, she lowers her voice and tells me emphatically: You know, his mom is on the school board! She then waits, for what seems like an appropriate reaction but I dont get it. She repeats her statements, again, hoping I'll “get” it this time. I'm curious to hear, what comes to YOUR mind in this situation?