If there is one thing that irritates me (not enough to tell anyone outside of this blog) more than anything else is the question I get almost every time I substitute teach.
The question is not, what are you teaching today?
They always ask “Who are you today?”
I honestly don’t try to memorize the name of the teacher I am replacing. Sometimes I know the person and will remember.
When someone does ask me who I am, I tell them “Steven Douglas”.
More often than not, they don’t like my answer. Especially when they don’t know who I am.
Updated addition –
During the last school year, as a Long-Term Substitute, I talked with many short term subs who were not regulars at Washington High. I asked them if they had similar experiences regarding “Who they were”. They had similar experiences in schools as a short term unless they were regulars. Lucky for me, I was filling in for a vacancy so no one had to ask “What I was.”