Teachers Reveal The Best Pranks Students Have Pulled
Students love to get clever, especially when they feel their time at the school they are at is almost coming to a close.
Teachers are supposed to always enforce the rules of the school, but that doesn't mean they don't have a sense of humor, too.
Teachers can appreciate a good prank.
Teachers of Reddit, what was the best prank a student pulled on you that you weren't even mad about?
Here were some of those answers.
Two students stole my stapler and tried to do the jello thing with it (which, I admit, I would have laughed at), but the idiots put the jello in the freezer "so it would set faster." All it did was freeze the water which promptly melted all over my classroom's floor...
I laughed my butt off as they frantically tried to clean it all up and explain.
A student brought in a huge watermelon, dumped it on my co-worker's desk and said, "They were out of apples."
It was so random, and we all got a big kick out of it.
You gotta work with what you have man. And I mean think about how many doctors that will keep away!
I've Been Prankin' Longer Than You
I wish I had a good story to tell. I prank them way more than they prank me.
My students' version of "pranking me" is to ask me "Hey, do you know the word responsible? Spell it!" and then be very very sad when I spell out "I T"
Child, I wasn't born yesterday.
I was teaching a large group of students in Mexico. Someone raised their hand and asked "is it pronounced 'muerense' or 'mueranse' (roughly translated "go die")". I was confused because I didn't understand what it had to do with the subject, so I repeated the question. Everybody, like 80 students, then dropped "dead" on the floor.
I was impressed with the fact they coordinated it, but seeing as they botched their own prank I just rolled my eyes and kept teaching.
The Teacher Done Good Here
A teacher took a cell phone from a student, opened the ceiling tile and tossed the phone so that it was above the neighbouring classroom. Then all day people would call the phone and the teacher next door went insane trying to find where the noise was coming from.
Troll level 10,000
This was the roles reversed. It was this one student's birthday and it was during homeroom. The teacher yelled at him and made him bring his phone over. (The teacher never gets mad so it scared all of us) when the student brought over his phone the teacher told him to open the cabinet next to him and put it in there. When he opened it there were cupcakes and the teacher then told him happy birthday and handed out cupcakes.
If it's ok, I was the student at the time but I know I can speak for my teacher as I know him to this day and he remembers it fondly.
If we ever asked our teacher something about the lesson that was incorrect he would respond with "if you believe that then it says gullible on the ceiling." One day he stepped out of class for a minute and a bunch of us taped a piece of paper with "gullible" written on it on the ceiling above his desk. Then we waited....
When the time eventually came he tried so hard to not be amused by it but he laughed about it for a while and left it up there til the end of the school year.
Impeding The School Day
Due to a teacher's health issue and need to take the rest of the year off, I was hired at an odd time of the year, around mid-April. The district had its own phone system, as many of them do, where each classroom has a phone, but most of them can only make internal calls. The first time I went to use the phone in my room, I picked up the receiver...and got nothing. Upon closer inspection, I saw there was no cord connecting the phone to the receiver. It wasn't an emergency, so I just shrugged it off.
During my next break, I went to the main office and said, "Um, this might sound a little weird, but the phone in my room doesn't have a cord." All the secretaries sighed in unison and one told me that a group of kids disconnected nearly every phone in the building by taking the receiver cords as an April Fool's Day prank. They were nice enough not to fully steal the cords, just left the pile somewhere, but someone still had to reconnect all of them, and apparently my classroom was missed. I tried not to show it, but I did laugh a little, because it was one of the more creative pranks I'd heard about.
Making Everyone Suffer
Am the teacher that spear headed the prank, but it is funny so Ill tell it.
There is a cartoon called Brittany Meets Harriet Tubman and the theme song is AWFUL and an EAR WORM. I showed it in my media center in February every year and one teacher had to come in with 2 different 3rd grade classes (I loved her, she was awesome) so she got to hear it twice each year.
Last Christmas I got one of the 2 classes she taught to pull a 'caroling' prank. I learned the theme song on the piano and recorded it and my assistant and I made up red and green 'carol books' with the words to the theme song on it.
I gave the CD with me playing the piano and 'song words books' to the other 3rd grade teacher and we practiced once quietly, the they practiced on their own.
On the last day before the winter break during the parties I had the class line up and a student knocked on the teachers door and asked if they could sing a carol. The teacher said sure and let em in. The boom box had Jingle Bells playing as we entered, then I hit the 'next track' button on the CD player and 'Brittany, Brittany, she wants to know about her history' started and the kids sang their hearts out and the teacher play acted being all upset.
The best part was that the kids DID NOT leak a word about it. I was shocked, I thought they would leak the prank.
It was awesome!
I had a small group of sophomore boys hide a handful of Easter eggs in my room one year. There was also a school-wide staff Easter egg hunt that the boys knew nothing about, so I expected to find one egg in my room. Then I kept finding them.
The boys asked me if I found them all, and me, being totally clueless and thinking it was still the staff Easter egg hunt, told them that I had and that I was pretty sure the Easter bunny messed up because I was only supposed to have one.
Then they asked, "Are you SURE you found them all?" and I repeated, emphatically, that I had. At that point, the tallest boy reached up and popped off one of the ceiling tiles to reveal a giant golden egg they had hidden earlier. They were all so proud of themselves for stumping me, saying things like, "Dude, she didn't find it!" and high fiving each other. I loved how simple and wholesome the whole thing was.
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