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Today was my last day subbing. Tomorrow I start training on the boats.

I spent the morning as an aide to a Kindergarten special needs boy. He's off his meds, and shall be referred to as Hyper. Most of my vocabulary this morning consisted of "Hyper, no running! Hyper, you can play on the computer after you do your worksheet. Hyper, don't you want to share?"

Despite being Hyper, he still remembered his "polite" words...most of the time.

Me: Hyper, come color this flower for your mom.


Me: Hyper, what color do you want your card to be? Pink?

Hyper: NO THANK YOU!!1!!1!

Me: Hyper, if you can't be nice, you can't play on the computer.

Hyper: *shoves me* GO AWAY PLEASE!!1!!!one!!

Other times, he left off the polite words, ran down the hallway...when we were going to speech, he tried to hold the door closed once he got in the room to prevent me from following. Luckily, he's a puny 5-year-old.

He was actually a nice kid, just, as has been stated, Hyper.

At lunchtime, I sat with Hyper and some of his female classmates. Suddenly, one of them said to me, "You're my big sister in God's way."

Me: Uh...yes, that's right. Actually, everyone is your brother or sister...in God's way.

Girl 2: Yes, and God is our daddy.

Girl 3: And our mommies are all God's wives!

Girl 2: God isn't married!

Girl 1: And JESUS is our biggest brother of ALL!

Me: ...

After lunch, the Kindergarteners go home, and I had to take Hyper and one of his male classmates to the SpEd bus. Because they go home earlier than any other grade, the SpEd bus parks with the regular buses in the bus lane, instead of behind the school. However, the only contact I'd had with the SpEd bus before was when I was putting a 4th grader on it, and it parked behind the school.

So I was figuring we had to go behind the school to get to their bus.

Hyper ran ahead of us while I was lagging behind with Male Classmate, trying to put a paper in his backpack. I glanced down and when I looked up again, Hyper had disappeared...toward the regular bus lane.

I took off running through the cafeteria, with poor Male Classmate struggling to keep up. I saw Hyper push open the door, then push it shut behind him, the little twerp. By the time I got to the door, he was already climbing into a bus. I yelped at Male Classmate "STAY HERE!" And lunged toward the bus...the...SpEd bus.

"Oh!" I gasped to the driver who was looking at me with an expression of something like incredulity. "I thought you guys parked around back!"

"Not for Kindergarteners," he replied.


So I trudged back to the door where Male Classmate was waiting in the foyer, staring at me with saucer-sized eyes.

"What happened?" he asked.

"Nothing. Sorry. Come on."

I put him on the bus without further problems. I felt like a dumbass, and from the way the driver and the aide on the SpEd bus were looking at me, that's apparently what I'd looked like, too.

After I ate lunch, I went to the junior high. The rest of my day was spent with a 14-year-old 7th grader (she looked 10) who was possibly the sweetest junior high student on the face of the planet. She corrected some papers, read me her speech for the living wax museum the junior highers are doing on Friday (she's gonna be Harriet Tubman) then spend the rest of the time reading from a handout.

Is it God day or something?

She, too, brought up religion--asked me if I went to church. I said no, and she asked if I wanted to go to her church. They're having a dinner, she told me, and a sermon...it's the First Baptist, just down the road!

I told her that it was very nice of her to offer, but I had to get home.

She seemed sort of disappointed when she asked why.

I will probably burn in hell for telling a little white lie--I need to get home and let my dog out. Which actually didn't turn out to be such a lie, as it turns out. Mom was working outside (still is) and Summer was inside (punishment for running off to play with Kate, the neighbor's dog, when mom had her out earlier).

When I got home, I helped mom carry her fake-flower-covered arch out to the garden and nearly got eaten by the 747s disguised as mosquitoes in the 15 minutes I was out there.
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Subbed a full day today, same teacher as last week. Not bad, but my throat has been really hurting since yesterday so I didn't really want to do anything today. Most of the kids I saw were fairly well behaved, a few got frowny faces on their daily moniter sheets, which just keep tabs on their behavior and work habits from day to day.

Twin 2 was back at school today. He is the sweetest little kid EVER. He kept hugging me, he was very polite, and he's a good worker. He's my favorite kid there. His brother is charming as well, but he's a little less sweet.
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Subbed another half day today. I was supposed to be with one of the twins all day, but he was at the dentist's, so I helped out with a 1st grade art class (paper mache pumpkins...OH SO GOOEY) and then went to help out a little boy in Kindergarten with his journal. He was very sweet, all he wanted to do was draw. I had to ask him to do some favors for me and write the first letters of the names of the little guys he was drawing (Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato, among others).

Then I went to the Kindergarten class next door and helped out with a little girl, Sarah*. She chews on things and actually has a special chewy-toy thing on the end of her pencil so she won't chew markers and erasers and stuff. She drew me a picture (I'm still unsure what it is) and signed it with her name and a heart with a smiley face. I work with her for most of Monday.

I then gave a spelling test to a 4th grader, and he did it in like 2 minutes, so I went back and made some copies that the teacher wanted me to make for her.

I also saw my friend Kelly from Merry Maids. I trained with her, but she only stayed for a few weeks before getting fed up with management and leaving. She's a teacher (sorta like a special ed teacher, I guess.) Keely had seen her when she worked with the 5th graders a few days ago, and told me that she was working there, then I ran into her in the bathroom a few minutes before school got out.

I almost didn't recognize her at first, but she recognized me and we talked for a few before she had to run off.
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So I had another half day of subbing today, my first day at the Waterford district. I subbed for a special ed aide, and my job was mostly to go back and forth between the classrooms of two brothers, second-grade. They were preemies (twins) and have cerebral palsy, but one can walk fairly well and the other can use a walker, and they both have wheelchairs.

I was very nervous because I'd never worked with special needs children before, but it was really fun. Both the boys were absolutely charming. The lady I was subbing for was there this morning (she was going on a field trip) and she introduced me around, and when she told the boys who I was, the one with the walker gave me a hug! He's a little less developed than his twin, has vision and motor problems, slurred speech, and needs help keeping focused, but he was so sweet. The other one is very quick-minded, it seems, and able to read and count fairly normally. They both love gym (favorite subject) and the huggy one hates math.

I sat in a chair next to their desks and once, when I sat down next to the less impaired one, I bumped my knee on his desk and said "Ouch!" He nodded sagely and said, "Yeah, this desk is very bitey."

Tomorrow and Monday I'm TECHNICALLY subbing for the special ed teacher and not the aide, but I think the aide I was subbing for today is just going to take over for the teacher and I'll basically be doing the same things I did today, maybe with different kids.
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Okay, so Keels and I applied to be subs in the Waterford school district, in addition to Burlington. The lady just called us this morning to tell us we'd been approved.

This evening, she called back. She said, "I have some jobs. Are either of you available to sub this week?"

We wrote down the jobs. A couple minutes later she called back with more. Here is the result.

Keely: will sub tomorrow and Wednesday for a 5th grade class, and Thursday for a 7th-8th grade reading class.

I: will sub Thursday morning for a special ed aide, Friday morning for a special ed teacher, and Monday all day for the same special ed teacher.

A good thing about this Waterford thing is the calling in advance, no wondering if the phone will ring in the morning. O'course, there's still that possibility, because we're on the Burlington list. But whoa. As Keely said, "We hit paydirt with Waterford!"

I'm a little worried because I've never done special ed before. Keely is worried because she'll be teaching math in 5th, so we just spent some time going over fractions, because we were both a little rusty. It came back to us fairly easy, though.

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