I got a good laugh out of one of my third grade students labeling the Sousaphone on his music test as a “head tuba.” Never thought of it that way, but hey, I can see where he was coming from!
Part of my craziness during exam week was having to go into a local school with out three ninth grade students to participate in a mock grade 9 music exam. I spent an hour working through and correcting the exam paper with two local music teachers, and then spent a very interesting next hour helping to administer it. The 6 D batteries in their keyboard gave out right as we went to give the exam, and the new ones they had didn’t work, so while one teacher did part of the listening test on the recorder, the other one tried to make the batteries work.
Eventually the head teacher of the school came back with a long tube of cardboard rolled around 12 D batteries, and the wire inside the keyboard pulled out so that the one music teacher could stand there and hold the bare wire ends to the ends of the battery tube to provide power. As they came into the classroom to get the keyboard set up, the head teacher turned to me and said, "Ah, we have had to improvise; we MacGyvered it!"
I couldn't believe that a) he knew who MacGyver was, and b) that someone was willing to let their bare hands be part of an electrical circuit! Never a dull moment guys...