Weekend Fun: Five ways students think they're being original (but aren't)

Now that the year is ending, let's look back on the ways your students have tried to prank you

Even the most well-behaved students enjoy testing the boundaries occasionally. Once the dust settles, you look around and find the culprits giggling and clearly proud that they have done something "original." The poor things are blissfully unaware that this is the 91st time you have scrubbed that whiteboard – and the times you have stood in the rain because of a "fire" are well into triple figures.

Here's five played out pranks students think are daring and original, but that are too familiar to experienced teachers. 

  1. Drawing on whiteboards 
    Usually one of two more intimate body parts. Usually in permanent marker. Always a pain to fix. Sigh.

  2. Setting off the fire alarm
    There’s nothing like an “unexpected” fire drill in the rain to remind you how precious bored teenagers can be.

  3. Hiding clocks 
    Joke's on you, kids! It's not as if we have don't have watches! Oh wait... And stop looking at your phones, I know you're not furiously texting with your digital clock.

  4. Missing resources
    Oh, the textbooks have all gone missing! How could we possibly do the lesson now? Rookie error. I have a well-used compulsory test for just these occasions.

  5. Swapping names
    A favorite when the substitute teacher is in and it is hiiiii-larious. We're rolling in the aisles... while clutching our copy of your yearbook photo. I've done this before, kids, and the name on the detention slip if you don't start behaving will be the right one, I promise you. 


Nicola Davison is a former teacher. 

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