My Class Has Got a Know-It-All

by Ted Scheu
My class has got a know-it-all— the kind who likes to tell the proper way to sit and walk and count and speak and spell.

My class has got a know-it-all— the kind who always knows the stuff that happened yesterdays or even long agos.

She’s constantly correcting me if I’m a little wrong, like when I bring a bug to class or when I sing a song.

You wonder why a rooster crows? Exactly how a flower grows? And who invented radios? Or even if a glowworm glows? (I can't believe it, but she knows.)

You wonder why the sky is blue? And how your paper airplane flew? Just if a fact is false or true? Or when our book report is due? (I can’t believe she knows that, too.)

You might think I’d be angry with this showy, knowy creature. But someday I will be like her: I’m going to be a teacher.


Text © Ted Scheu, reprinted from My Teacher's In Detention published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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