Last Friday I covered a special ed. class (the same teacher that I subbed for on Monday). So, I knew what was in store for me 5th period.
During 5th period, he covers the resource room. That's a place where the RSP special ed. kids can go when then need extra help with an assignment or a quiet place to take a test (or take extra time on a test). On Monday, the place was hopping.
Because it was 5th period, lunch was involved. Turned out I got the first lunch, so on Friday instead of going over there immediately, I took a bit of a break before heading over there. But it was a good thing I didn't take my whole lunch time as the teacher who was supposed to be there wasn't when I got there. (There were other adults in the room, however.)
When I arrived, there were two students there. One was working on a test. The other was reading. Neither needed me, so I took a seat and sat back.
The testing student wondered if he could use his book on the test. I called his teacher. The answer was no.
And that was the extent of my duties for the period.
The testing student finished his test and went back to class. The reading student continued reading.
Eventually, the bell rang signalling the end of 5th period for those who had not had lunch yet. This bell startled the reading student. I informed him that it was time for lunch.
"I missed lunch?"
Me: "No, that was the bell to begin lunch. Fifth period is over."
Student: "Fifth period? I missed fifth period?"
After a bit more back and forth, I understood the problem. For some reason, the student missed the bell ending 4th period, the period when he came into the resource room. (Although how he missed the three other bells dealing with the other lunch I have no idea.)
He ran out of the room to go and talk to his 5th period teacher, but his 5th period teacher wasn't there. He knew he was in trouble. He had inadvertently ditched 5th period. His parents were going to kill him.
"Explain what happened," I said.
"They won't believe me," he replied.
Yikes. I felt kind of bad for him.
"Good book, huh?" I asked.
He showed me how far he'd gotten. He was almost finished with it. He said he didn't usually find books that hooked him so, but this one did.
So, the period wasn't a waste, after all. (Although, his science teacher might not think so.)