Have you ever been the victim of a classroom prank?
Or when was the last time a ‘prank’ raised a smile in your classroom?
Most teachers are likely to have been on the receiving end of a student-prank; they may have also set up a few for other colleagues too! But, when did a prank last happen to you as a teacher and how did you react? And did it go well, or go down like a lead balloon?
Of course, it all depends on what the prank was for and why, and of course the context in which it is used … especially with Teachers’ Standards ever-present. But, when we do let our hair down, what gets you laughing in the classroom?
Here is a list of some classic, classroom pranks played by students – some offered by the teacher:
- [Teacher] “Can you pop next door and ask for a left-handed screwdriver?”
- [Student] Drawing pins on the teacher’s chair
- [Teacher] Sing your questions to the class.
- [Student] When the teacher calls the register, after your name scream “Wasssss-uuuup!”
- [Student] Tying shoe-laces together
- [Teacher] Post-it notes coverage on a colleagues desk.
- [Student] Glue on the chair
- [Teacher] “Hold this for me please …” Student proceeds to add ink to their hand/face
- [Teacher] Fill a room with balloons
- [Student] The rubber-band phone
- [Student] Jump off the chair
- [Student] Repeat everything the teacher says right after him/her to confirm that you agree.
- [Student] Raise your hand in such a way that it looks a bit like you’re just stretching (like you’re a little tired) but more like you want to ask a question. When the teacher goes to answer your question (even when you don’t have a question), just say “I’m stretching.” Repeat as often as necessary.
- [Student] When the teacher leaves the room, tie a knot in the straw in their drink.
- [Teacher] Walk around class begging for spare change.
- [Student] Change seats every time the teacher turns his/her back.
- [Student] After the teacher explains something, laugh really loud and say “Oh, now I get it!”
- Page through the textbook scratching each picture and sniffing it.
- [Student] Sit in the front, sniff suspiciously, and ask the teacher if he’s been drinking.
- [Student] Ask for an extra copy of each handout, for your invisible friend sitting next to you.
- [Teacher] Claim that you wrote the class textbook.
With 50 million views, here is the best classroom prank, ever (according to YouTube):.
Have fun, but be careful …