So after the crap that was Friday of last week, I got the last laugh.
Since 5th grade is as high as our elementary buildings go, any students who have IEPs have to have transitional IEP meetings in the spring to prepare for middle school. Since we can't control much about where they go and whatnot, the only thing we can do to best serve these children is to do the best we can to provide as much support as possible in the middle school environment based on the class types offered and what have you.
Yesterday we had some such meetings. A Really Tall Sub came into my classroom to cover for me so I could attend these meetings. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. In-between, he was in Mrs. Cooperating Teacher's room. I have 5 years experience, she has almost 30. My class was amazing for Really Tall Sub. Hers, notsomuch. I could hear her kids through the bump out and hear him having to raise his voice. Not good.
So then he was back with my class at the very end of the day. When I got back from the last meeting, the kids were telling me that he could speak another language and they thought it was so cool and everything. So before he left, I asked him if he wanted to leave his number in case I ever needed a sub again. He said absolutely he would LOVE to sub for my class again and left his name and number.
I was on cloud nine that he complimented MY class over the other two classes he'd been in during the day. It was a big "so take that!" moment. Even our custodian was so happy when I told her about it, she left my class suckers for being so good for him while I was in my meeting. Really Tall Sub said, in front of the kids, that he could definitely tell I have them under control and keep them accountable. Go me.
So then today as I feel like absolute crud and whatnot, I just knew I was not going to be able to go to work tomorrow. So I called him when I got back to work this afternoon and he said he actually had a sub job for tomorrow already. I thanked him and said I'd try again in the future but then he said "no wait, you're the teacher with the really good class, so I'll cancel my other job and take yours instead"!!!
I was beyond happy with that. It was really nice of him to do that. I told him that the kids begged for him so hopefully they behave! He told me that they were speechless when he spoke in Bosnian to them and I said maybe he should do it again to keep them mesmerized. Whatever works, right??
I'm glad I made the decision to go ahead and take care of myself. I don't do it enough and I need to. Especially when I'm this sick and it's been ongoing forever. Next week we have some standardized testing for our ELL kids so I need (and want) to be well for that. Hopefully the super awesome medication I got at the doctor's and a day of rest will help me get better finally.