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Got a late call today. Waterford called at 7:45 and told me one of their 5th grade teachers had been in but had gone home sick and could I please get there as quickly as possible. So I did.

The day was crazy, because 1) Mondays are D.A.R.E. days, 2) they were having a Storybook Parade in the afternoon, and 3) I didn't get to the school until right after the first bell rang, so I didn't have time to go over the lesson plans or anything.

The upper grades at this school switch classrooms for certain subjects, so I had 3 Social Studies classes. We went over their worksheets. One of the sheets was a wordsearch, and the kids were supposed to answer 6 questions to find out the words they needed to look for, then find them in the search. Clue number one was "Two spices used in the medieval ages to preserve food." The answer is pepper and cloves. In the search, the word "cloves" was backward.

Clue number six was "The science of determining a ship's direction and location." After I collected the papers, I saw that one kid hadn't finished figuring out the words, but he HAD circled all the words in the wordsearch, presumably by copying someone else. Next to number six, he had written, "Sevolc."

One kid...I wanted to kill him. The entire day, I was like "SHITHEAD*! Stop talking. SHITHEAD! Turn around! SHITHEAD! Stop kicking Quiet Girl* under the table!"

Also, I saw the twins today. I didn't talk to Twin 1, but Twin 2 asked me if I was going to help him with his math or reading today, and he gave me a big hug. He's the sweetest kid ever. He was dressed as some sort of military police, I think, and told me that next year he was going to be a "scary ghost."

Anyway. YAY it's almost dinnertime!

*Not their real names
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Got a call at 10 this morning. Woodfield needed an afternoon sub for a 3rd grade class whose teacher's daughter was ill.

This was my afternoon.

11:30 Get to classroom, meet teacher, she explains my day to me
12:30 Kids come in from lunch recess
12:30-1:00 Silent Reading
1:00-1:45 Gym (I just had to drop them off and pick them up)
1:45-2:00 Read to kids from a Magic Schoolbus book
2:00-2:15 Afternoon recess (I was a recess monitor)
2:15-3:15 Administer math test
3:15-3:30 Clean up, gather books and coats, play 5 minutes worth of Heads Up, 7-Up
3:45 Come home

Oh...oh. My day was...so hard.
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Subbed a full day today in Waterford. Art class. Hour of Kindergarten, half hour 5th grade, full hour 5th grade, half hour of 3rd grade, 50 minutes for lunch AND prep time, half hour 2nd grade, full hour Kindergarten, half hour 6th grade, full hour 1st grade.

Oh. My. God. )



*For the purposes of this entry, meegle meegle meegle is a sort of incoherent, happy-sounding yelling.
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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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