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For a while during recess at school (around 1st or 2nd grade) I had this hole I dug that I kept trying to make bigger (with my bare hands). It never got very big, but I was convinced that eventually I would find something valuable like gold.
I used to think school would last forever....
once when I didn't know how to do a math problem in 2nd grade, I checked out fromt he library an encyclopedia and took it all the way home. I was gong to look up "math" in it and find all the ways to do math problems so i could finish my homework. I coulndt figure out why this particular one only went from A to B
Back in primary school, whenever I used to hear about the Head Prefect, I used to think that she was the one who was responsible for checking to see which pupils had nits and lice in their hair.
When I was little I used to believe that study hall was a huge room with a long table. The room was dark. Their were many chairs on each side of the long table. In between each seat was a divider which was a small wooden carved into the desk thing blocking the people from the others so as not to cheat. I was sure surprised when I saw the real study hall.
I remember when we had our first fire drill in school. The teacher told us that when the alarm rings, we would have to leave the classroom in an orderly fashion and walk (not run!) into the playground. Having never heard the term "fire drill" before, I thought that we were being taken outside to see a power drill that made holes with fire rather than with a drill bit. It sounded so cool. I was sure disappointed when I found out what we were actually doing!
It was a common belief amongst the younger grades at my elementary school that there were murderers in the trees just a few feet beyond the fence at the end of the playing fields. I don't know why but it wasn't something I was scared of, I remember being awed by the idea that they were there more than anything. The murderers weren't any kind of threat so long as you didn't get too close to that fence.
When i was six my school was teaching us about different religions. Because virtually everyone in my class was Christian, my teacher opened her talk about Hinduism by saying 'Hindus are people who are not Christians....'. Because I knew my mum was an athiest, i loudly announced 'my mum is a Hindu'. My teacher looked a bit suprised and said 'really? How interesting!' Does she celebrate Diwali?' i didnt know what she was talking about but i said yes as not to appear stupid. Later, at a parents evening, my teacher asked my mum if she had had a pleasant Diwali. When my mum found out she teased me for ages, and told most of my family. She tells people about it to this day........i was only 6!
When I was in kindergarten, there was this talent show where we would dance with partners. My partner was Angela. One day my teacher came up to me and said that Rachel would be my partner because Angela was absent. I had never heard the word "absent" before, and for some reason I assumed that it meant that Angela sat in a dark room all day by herself. I saw an image of her in my mind - it was dark except for an orangeish light. I wondered why she'd want to be absent because it sounded weird and boring.
When I was old enough to go to kindergarten, I thought it meant only visiting the place for an hour or so - just like a zoo or a birthday party. I was absolutely horrified when my mom left. I stood hours in the playground, not uttering a word and thought my mom had simply gotten rid of me.
When I was 7 yrs old at my school, the timetable of the day would always be written on the board for everyone to know what was going to happen. One day I saw "Drama" written on the board. I literally freaked out, I thought that I meant that there was going to be a lot of "drama" happening and I believed that maybe we would all have to go to the hospital and there would be alot of "drama" there.
Before I was old enough to start attending school I used to believe that kindergarten was candygarden and that when you went to school there was tons of candy for you to eat.
Every day when I got home from school by bus, as I walked through the front door I used to say to myself, "Ahh they didn't get me!". I did this from primary school into the first few years of secondary school. AS to who I was talking about, I have no idea! Bit worrying really!!! :¬)
On my husband's first day of grade 1, his dad dropped him off and told him he would see him that night. My husband burst into tears figuring that he would have to stay at school until midnight!
When I was in kindergarten I saw a movie which showed a college lecture hall with hundreds of students all crowded together and only one teacher. I assumed that that's what first grade was going to be like. When I got to first grade I saw that I was wrong, but I still honestly believed that sixth grade was going to be like that.
in the fifth grade, we were evacuated from the school because of a fire near one of the transformers right outside the gym. watching from the opposite end of the playground, we were all hysterical because we thought that if the fire reached the transformer, it would explode and the fire would jump down to the ground and follow our footsteps wherever we went.
when i was in first grade, on the first day the teacher announced that, as a class, we'd be taking a trip to the lavatory. i had no idea what that was, so i assumed it was the laboratory and we'd be experimented upon. i was extremely relieved when i realized she meant the bathroom.
when i was doing metal framing we had a guy that used to cut the studs (he was about 27) well one day he didnt have a shirt on while cutting the metal studs and he began to complain about itching, we tole him it was "metal mites" that live inside metal and when you cut it you release them and they burrow under you skin. well we had him so worried about it he went to th ER, needless to say we all a good laugh at his embarassment.
When I was little, I use to think if you missed a day of school, you would be arrested.
I used to believe that they secretly had school on holidays and that I was the only one who didn't know.