For two hours in the morning, I pull my four little first grade darlings into my classroom for Language Arts. For two hours in the afternoon, I do the same with my five adorable kindergartners.
But for that extra hour? I alternate weeks (between K and 1st) helping my students in their general ed classrooms. Every. single. minute. is. torture.
It boils down to this: it's not fun watching someone else teach. Even if the teacher is FANTASTIC! The problem is, I'm typically in there for a social studies or science mini lesson - when the teacher is talking or showing something and the kids aren't exactly doing anything.
Which means my job is to sit there and be bored, or (more commonly) be on the "Sit up and pay attention" patrol. Annoying!
I wish I could keep my students with me all day, but I know that it's much better for them to be with their regular ed peers whenever possible.
Sigh. It's hard to do the right thing.