Monday, February 2, 2015


"I know, today is normally a blue day. I have blue. See," and she opened her bag to show the boy who asked the question a pair of jeans and a blue plaid shirt, "and I'll change. These are my pajamas."

I wasn't sure what to expect. This class is considered special ed. ED. Which stands for emotionally disturbed.

It was actually a pretty peaceful day.

As soon as the instructional assistant (IA) stepped out of the room for some reason (she told me, but I don't recall why), the girl approached me. Could she go to the restroom and change out of her pajamas (which looked more like sweats than pajamas)?

I didn't see a problem with that.

The girl returned in a reasonable amount of time. By that time the IA had returned as well. She approached me and informed me quietly that the girl was not supposed to leave the room unescorted. Oops.

Apparently, the girl must be escorted everywhere. The IA took her to her next class and escorted her to snack. The girl knows this, but she waited until the IA was otherwise occupied to ask the clueless sub to let her leave the room unattended.

Ah well. At least nothing untoward happened. I would have felt terrible.


  1. Don't you think that information should have been written next to her name or something on the roll sheet?


  2. I agree with Betty. Some teachers seem to think that subs secretly view the workings of each class and just pop in ready to take over for the day.

  3. Yep. It was the teacher's responsibility to let you know that Liz. You would have been blameless. I wonder what she gets up to when she's unescorted?

    1. Must be something. The IA wasn't upset with me at all. She was not pleased with the girl, however...

  4. I agree with what everyone else is writing. It should be written down so the subs know what is going on. It is not your fault if she did something wonky. You know, maybe, on a positive side, she asked you so she could feel trusted as the other teachers obviously, and with good reason I am sure, don't


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