Awhile ago I had to write a short first person piece in my English class- everyone did- and then we could volunteer to read them out loud. Since no one was doing anything, I decided to act and read mine. It wasn't very good at all, but there was a particular moment that caught me off guard.
I was describing myself finding a letter and how I felt about it and then my reaction upon reading it, and I got to a part where I was saying how I had been anticipating this letter, and that's when the teacher stopped me, and a kid from the back called out "that's first person progressive"
Never having heard of progressive before, I was extremely confused, but got no clarification from him or the teacher. Instead, the teacher just motioned me to continue and I did.
I've since looked up what first person progressive is, and I'm pretty sure I understand it, but I don't understand why they stopped me in my story. (This was two years ago)
So, like my question states, is it incorrect to use a progressive line in a first person narrative? Does it differ from first person? It just seems weird to me, because in writing first person, it's almost like you're just talking. Kind of like how I am now, and we say things like "I will do this" "will be doing this" "had done this" all the time. But grammatically speaking I guess, is it okay to use in narration?