10.05.2005

oops ... i did it again

if you know me, you know that i suffer greatly from an extreme case of know-it-all-ism. i truly cannot help chiming in with whatever tidbits i know, trying to finish people's sentences, and generally being annoying. well, my disease struck again today.

i went to the boy's school to volunteer this morning, completely forgetting there's a sub. i tried to be as deferential to the sub as i could be -- truly, i tried. i held my tongue for as long as i could but the poor sub (an older gentleman) didn't know the morning routine and the kids were just going bonkers trying to tell him what to do. the mom and substitute teacher in me just couldn't stand by and do nothing. so i started acting like a sub myself, telling the kids to behave and coming very very close to taking over the class.

the sub, mr. B, didn't seem overly bothered by my interruptions. after all, i know the kids a bit better and i've been around the classroom enough to know the routine. still, i felt bad doing it. but i also knew that if i didn't chime in there would be more confusion, talking, and unproductivity.

however, even i was a bit exasperated by my inability to control my teacher-ly instincts. i'm sorry.

3 comments:

hobokener said...

Way to quote the new mother Britney in your title.

grudge girl said...

You know what? I don't think you were wrong AT. ALL.

Take that with however many grains of salt you wish, as that judgment call is coming from a fellow know-it-all. From a long line of know-it-alls. In know-it-all-ville.

You're probably just being overly self-critical. I'm sure you weren't obnoxious at all. He probably appreciated it. And I feel confident that if the sub had been someone who wouldn't have appreciated the "help," you would've been able to read that situation and restrain yourself accordingly.

Good for you, I say!

yucaree said...

i talked to the regular teacher today and it turns out the sub has subbed in kindergarten before ... it's just that he's not very good. apparently she overheard the other kinder teachers hoping out loud they hadn't gotten him. so i guess it was good that i was there to help out. the teacher seemed appreciative that i stayed.

it's too bad i can't sub in this district. i'm a pretty darn good sub, if i do say so myself. ;)