Thursday, September 15, 2016
"I wish Mr. W was our sub..."
I don't think Asia got the reaction from me she expected. She meant to insult me. Impune my abilities as a sub. Let me know I wasn't liked.
But what I heard was a validation. Instead of letting her do whatever she liked, I was enforcing the rules. Sorry, Mr. W, but I don't think you were a very effective sub.
(This may or may not be true. In a moment of such blatant insult, that's what I need to believe.)
What I said was, "Since I'm angering you so, perhaps you'd rather work outside..."
Which she did. For a time.
The next day, Asia was incensed. I was giving her attitude. Rolling my eyes. Giving her looks. All because I was upset with her.
(I kind of wanted to explain projection to her, but everything I said started another rant, and at that point I was trying to shut the whole thing down.)
What set all of this off? The assignment was for them to read a chapter silently. Now, to me, "silently" means absolutely no talking. And that's what I enforced.
To Asia, "silently" meant she could discuss things with her friend, make a pretense at doing the assignment, and my insisting she not talk was completely unreasonable.
Deep sigh. Freshmen. *shakes head*
(She informed me that she was going to report me. For being unreasonable, I guess. I'll let you know if I get in trouble.)