I'm sure this has been done before, but I thought it would be fun to collect some of the weird, or funny, or weird AND funny things the students you sub for believe about you. I thought of two to share: #1: I currently substitute in my hometown in Oregon, mainly at the middle school and high school I attended growing up. I did go to college in the Midwest, but otherwise, I've always lived here, and my parents were born in this region of the state as well. Twice in the past year or so, in totally different classes, students have asked me if I "was from a foreign country," "had parents who spoke a foreign language," or, to be even more specific, if I was "from England." They all claimed I had a very noticeable accent. I am willing to believe they're hearing *something* in my speech pattern, because while I was in college, I once had a kid working the register at a fast food restaurant in Chicago tell me the same thing. Only in his case, he tried to argue with me when I told him my parents actually were NOT born in a foreign country; if I had an accent to his ear, it was just because I was from the West. This story has a delicious, starchy ending, though: he gave me my order of mashed potatoes for free, allegedly on account of my "pretty [and, he still insisted, foreign] accent!" #2 I have another example that I think is far stranger. Toward the end of a semester-long LTS, I discovered that an 11th-grade boy in one of my APUSH classes (who shouldn't have been in AP because of a complete lack of interest and effort, and had been extremely disrespectful to me) HAD APPARENTLY THOUGHT I WAS A FELLOW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT THE ENTIRE TIME! I only discovered this when he referred to me as the regular teacher's "TA," which in our school specifically means a high-school-aged teacher's helper. He appeared to think I'd just been left there... So, anybody else? Have something odd you'd care to share? I'd love to hear about it.