I find that many people have strong memories of school regarding these topics:
- Indignation. Were you falsely accused? Falsely punished?
- Excuses. Why wasn't your homework done? Were you really sick?
- Tattling. What kind of bargaining went on to make sure the teacher didn't find out?
- Your best friend. Most of our early best friends were ones we met at school. What did you and your best friend do?
- Your enemy. The later elementary school years are partially characterized by "enemies." Who was yours? What sorts of battles did you fight?
- Your first parent-teacher conference or phone call from school.
- A brush with other school parents
- The absurdities of the PTA or other school organization.
- The difficulties of "helping" with homework.
- What does a school desk see and hear? What makes it cringe? You could get a very immediate feeling for the school/house/whatever from the vantage point of something that cannot move, that is always there, and that is integral to daily activity (the kitchen sink, for example).