April Fool’s Shenanigans

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School should be a joyful place filled with enthusiasm. If a teacher doesn’t know how to have fun with their students while maintaining order, they might be in the wrong profession. I tried to connect with my students in many ways, but one of the easiest was creating a fun environment where we could learn and laugh together. Part of that included teaching them that laughing together as a class is an entirely different thing than making fun of someone. Kids learn the difference right away if the teacher models this behavior.

Laughter happens in many natural ways at school. I tried to create a safe environment where the students and I wrote together and shared our writing. If kids were initially reluctant, I’d ask their permission to share their work. Another strategy was to allow them to get in front of their classmates with a friend. Like any skill, we build public speaking through trust over time through increments of success. I typically wrote with my class, and then I modeled sharing. The kids learned I liked to have fun by acting, changing my voice for the different characters in my stories, and having them read and act out skits with me. It was only a matter of time before one child would say, “Can we write skits too?”

Another way to generate laughter and camaraderie with my students was through play. When it was time for physical education, I often joined the kids. For most, this was something new. P.E. was a time for fun and laughter. Like many kids in the class, it was one of my favorite parts of the day. Since we had P.E. at the end of the day, there were numerous occasions when I attended an after-school meeting drenched in sweat. Did I care? No, having fun and bonding with my students was a priority.

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There were too many examples of shared laughter to retell here, but since today is April Fool’s Day, I can’t help but remember a couple of classics. The first one had to do with an occasion when one of my classes (5th grade) decided they were going to play an April Fool’s joke on me.

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When students arrived early, there was a routine. I kept the classroom locked then because that was my time to get things ready for the day. The children would then either have breakfast in the cafeteria or play on the playground if they already had eaten at home.

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One year some girls thought it would be hysterical to play a joke on me for April Fool’s Day. They tried to create the illusion that they all were absent. Rather than putting their backpacks in the usual spot, they hid them on the other side of the building. It wasn’t long before some of the boys decided to have some fun by walking off with the girls’ backpacks and hiding them in the boys’ bathroom. By the time school started, everything was a bit wacky.

The first order of business on most school days was to take roll to find out who was having hot lunch, cold lunch, or absent. I followed my usual procedure and called the names of the kids. Of course, when I called each girl’s name, there was silence since none were in the room. The boys eyed me suspiciously, wondering what I was doing. It was obvious that half the class was missing. As I took roll, I formulated a plan to mess with the girls.

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After the roll, the kids began working on their morning warmup drill—a few practice problems on whatever skill they were learning. I figured I’d give them five minutes to get to class. I was just about to send one of the boys out to get the girls because I realized I couldn’t leave them outside unsupervised. After five minutes, they came marching into class with huge grins on their faces as if they had put one over on me.

As soon as the last girl entered the room, I pretended to be angry with them. I looked at the girls with exasperation and said in my most displeased voice. “I’m so disappointed in you girls. The principal wants to see you all—now!” They looked at me sheepishly, surprised by my anger. I felt a twinge of guilt as I saw the looks of fear on some of their faces. Many of these kids had never been in trouble before. As they lined up at the door to go visit the principal, I proclaimed, “April Fool’s, girls.” It was a moment I’m sure they never forgot—neither have I.

I’ve also been on the receiving end of April Fool’s jokes. One of my good teaching friends at the school was named Paul. He was forever messing with me, and he got me good one year on April Fool’s Day. He occasionally called me up after school and pretended he was an angry parent with a gripe about me. He pulled the same joke a half-dozen times during our careers. He usually would begin by saying something like, “Hello. Is this Mr. Springer?” After I’d say it was, he’d launch into whatever his complaint was with me from the way I dressed, combed my hair, walked the kids through the hallway, or whatever ridiculous thing he could think of to complain about. After the first time, I was pretty much on to his gag. It usually ended with him laughing, unable to continue his charade.

One year on April Fool’s Day, he launched into his act. It went something like this, “Mr. Springer, I’ve got a bone to pick with you. Johnny keeps coming home saying you’re picking on him at school. I’ve got a good mind to file a complaint with the State Department of Education and have them remove your teaching license.”

I had a Johnny in my room that year, but he was a delightful kid who never caused problems. I was sure it was Paul, and I thought, Two can play this game. I gave it right back to him. “We’re very concerned about your behavior, sir. Johnny has been coming to school and telling us that you’re an unfit parent. He says all you ever serve him is Swanson TV dinners. I may have to report this to social services.”

At that point, I expected Paul to crack and begin laughing hysterically like he usually did, but the phone line remained silent. I went frozen in fear, wondering, Could I have been wrong? Was I speaking to Johnny’s parent? Did I just flush my career goodbye? I was extraordinarily relieved when Paul started laughing, and I had to chuckle at my gullibility.

98 thoughts on “April Fool’s Shenanigans

  1. I don’t remember any teachers playing April Fool’s jokes on us. Different times I suppose. Interesting how you had some fun, though. Never knew such shenanigans were going on!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 4:28 pm

      Elementary school is a little different that way. It wasn’t a regular thing, but I could dish it out if they tried to “get me.” A school should be a place where you can have fun together.

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  2. I miss April Fools. Being retired offers far few opportunities. My wife and I know each other far too well. I miss Halloween more–not from workdays but the neighborhood. We’re now too far from any kids to scare with decorations, etc.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 4:31 pm

      The one I probably miss the most is dressing up on Halloween. The teachers usually came up with a theme for Halloween, and all tried to have fun with it. We were the Blues Brothers, Wizard of Oz characters, Toy Story characters, but my favorite was dressing up as school supplies.

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      1. School supplies–that must have bee trippy! LOL.

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  3. These are very funny. A teacher really must have a sense of humour to get through the day. I recall one year I organized the April Fool trick on the teacher and had all the girls stay outside when the bell rang. I seem to recall the teacher was not amused! Oh well. My dad loved playing April Fool’s jokes on us.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 4:33 pm

      I think kids learn to read their teachers and know if a trick will fly or not. I had plenty of teachers I never dreamed of trying to trick because they had no sense of humor.

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  4. The only prank I remembered being played on me as a teacher was coming into my classroom to find a jock strap on my desk. I ddn’t even know what it was because I’d never seen one before. I just knew I didn’t want the thing on my desk. To quote the late, great Victoria Regina, we were not amused.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 4:36 pm

      Sounds like something from the immature guys’ playbook. Sometimes, we had Backwards Day at school, and kids and some silly teachers (myself included) would wear clothing backward.

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      1. Those boys had the playbook memorized.

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  5. These are good! I am sure the kids loved you for being a fun teacher! Jokes are fun and I am glad that they can be played on more than just one day of the year! 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 4:43 pm

      That was part of my personality, and the kids learned there were times to be silly but also serious. When I run into past students, many of whom are now adults, the things they remember are things like this. On St. Patrick’s Day, second-graders wanted to build leprechaun traps and leave them overnight to see if they could catch a leprechaun. My student reminded me that I left footprints behind and letters from Lucky the Leprechaun that sent them on a scavenger hunt in our classroom, where they eventually found some goodies.

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  6. I love this post, Pete. I can’t agree more, we have to be able to laugh with our students. One story I remember well was when my principal was doing an evaluation on my teaching shortly after being hired and while still on probation. I was teaching about the federal government to grade 7 students and was trying to get the students to list various branches. While trying to get them to say Department of Defense, I asked them what would submarines go under. One student gleefully raised his hand and said, “water”. I burst out laughing and so did the class. The principal gave me a glowing report commenting it was great to see me laugh at my questioning and not get upset with the student. I learned a huge lesson that day.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 4:50 pm

      Great story, Carla! One of my former students told me a story about a class in high school that he was in. Someone from the State Department of Education was visiting to observe, and the teacher had arranged with his class ahead of time for kids to raise their right hand if they knew the answer and their left hand if they didn’t. That way the teacher thought it would look like everyone was participating. I wonder if the guest figured out what was going on.

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  7. Hahaha I love that you used to partake in class fun. I had very few teachers like that – most seemed more concerned with maintaining decorum.

    One April Fool’s Day, in the middle of a very boring class, my best friend and I pretended like we saw a rat in the class. It was really funny since some other kids joined in and we allowed proceeded to stand on our desks and create havoc. The rest of the class was spent in calming the class down. Our teacher was so mad at us. 🤣

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 4:55 pm

      I can think of plenty of teachers who I would have never dreamed of pulling that on, but some had a better sense of humor about jokes than others. Kids are smart enough to figure out that they’re not going to pull a stunt with strict teachers. Even as a middle-aged guy, I loved playing tag games with my students during P.E. They learned that you can work and play hard together.

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  8. Nothing, and I mean nothing, like that ever happened when I was in school. That was quite a while ago. Teachers were pretty serious in my day. Kudos to you for making school fun and inspiring for your kids

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 5:00 pm

      School should be a place where children can have fun, as long as the fun is not at the expense of humiliating or picking on someone else. Joking around with my students was part of my personality, but they had to learn there was a time and place for that. Most kids understood, but if they couldn’t, then I’d play it straight.

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  9. We had a physics teacher in high school we all loved. He had a habit of leaning on an electrostatic machine that was in front of the class while he lectured. Normally there was no problem since the machine wasn’t cranked up. But, on April fools day, we cranked up the machine before he arrived. It seemed like forever, but sure enough, he touched the machine. His hair stood on end, and we all almost died from hysterics. Thanks for sharing your stories.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 5:01 pm

      Haha! I can just imagine the anticipation as he got close to the machine.

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  10. I don’t recall a teacher ever playing an April Fool on us. They were all far too straight laced for that!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 5:04 pm

      It certainly wasn’t a regular thing I did each year, but I always tried to create a fun environment for my students.

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      1. If only some of my teachers had known the meaning of the word ‘fun!’

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      2. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 7:39 am

        Right! “One man’s fun is another’s hell.” Metallica

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  11. What fun April Fool’s shenanigans, Pete!! I am sure your students never forgot that day. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 5:13 pm

      I’ve heard of teachers doing some wild thing like getting their head shaved if their class attained a certain goal. I can’t think of anything quite that outrageous I did. Most years, several teachers and I would do some type of choreographed dance at the Talent Show. (Hip-hop, rock, country, line dancing—we pretty much did it all.) I remember being a Blues Brother one time with another teacher and another year we did Respect by Aretha Franklin.

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  12. Amazing. I’m not sure where to take this!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 5:14 pm

      I don’t know either. Elementary school was a different animal.

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  13. Terrific post. Wish my kids were in your class. Particularly loved the right and left handed code for raising hands!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 1, 2022 — 5:35 pm

      There are a lot of lessons kids learn at school besides getting a traditional education. Hopefully, they learn to accept and embrace those different from them instead of being fearful.

      Yep, the hand thing made me laugh. I can’t say I ever resorted to anything like that.

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  14. How fun! it’s great that you had this type of relationship with your students!

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  15. Great post for celebrating the day, Pete! Enjoyed the stories you shared. Paul sounds like a fun guy.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 7:52 am

      I recall your recent post about trying to create a fun environment in which to work. Now, you can see why I identified with it.

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      1. Certainly do. Laughter is a great way to bond.

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  16. Great post, Pete. You’ll always win kids over if you can make them laugh.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 7:53 am

      I think the same is true for adults. I like to be around people who enjoy laughter and have fun. Great comment, Stevie.

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  17. I never had a teacher who pulled an April Fool joke, but looks like you had fun fooling students. It is good to teach children to laugh.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 7:55 am

      It wasn’t a regular thing, but I could dish it out when they gave it to me.

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  18. I practically beg my kids’ teachers do teach in a way besides lecture and worksheets. Thanks for being proactive!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 7:56 am

      It improves everybody’s mood. Anything out of the usual humdrum approach.

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  19. I love every word of this, Pete. I also believe in having a lighter side and inserting play Into school, good for everyone )

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 7:57 am

      Play is highly underrated at school and in life. It’s good for the soul.

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      1. it is imperative, I think

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 7:59 am

      Thanks, Dorothy. Having fun at school—what a novel concept. 😊

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      1. I know! A teacher with a sense of humor!

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  20. Your leprechaun trap story reminded me of a great time in my daughter’s public school pre-K class. At Easter time they returned to the classroom to find rabbit footprints leading over to the window and little bits of cotton by the open window. Of course the Easter Bunny had been there! Candy for all ensued.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 8:02 am

      Part of elementary school was learning to deal with students who felt it was their duty to convince their classmates that it was all fake. I remember one wise third-grader saying, “I don’t believe in the Tooth Fairy, but I’m not going to complain about the money. 😎

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      1. Great smart ass kid.

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  21. How fun Pete! I love to laugh and this post made me giggle….teaching kids is so rewarding! You can hear it when you write about them how much you enjoyed them (and they enjoyed you)!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 11:34 am

      A day without laughter is less than it should be. Elementary children love seeing their teachers act like kids, which was part of my personality.

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      1. We can absolutely see that in your blog posts as well Pete! Great job!

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  22. A brilliant post on the joy and necessity of humour. A great message and a wonderful follow-up conversation.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 11:37 am

      I got a kick out of watching and listening to your humor with Don. It might not be the most important ingredient in a marriage, but I’d rank it close to honesty and trust.

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  23. hahaha that’s the worst – when you’re worried your joke doesn’t land well! I love when my teachers were in on the April Fool’s jokes! One year my friends and I played a prank on our guy friends – we were in high school. We were tired of them always swiping our snacks from us so we decided to buy a pack of Oreos and fill half of the first row of cookies with toothpaste and scrape off the cream haahaha we didn’t even have to offer it to them- they did what they always do which was swipe our snack away and started munching on them! We were dying watching them eat it realizing something wasn’t right lol… but they didn’t admit that, they just said they needed to get some water and when they came back we all lost it!!!! LOL

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 11:41 am

      Haha! Well done! Having a gag play out so naturally is half the fun. My favorite part of your story is the guys’ reaction—either too oblivious or too cool to admit they’d been had.

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  24. Hi Pete, April’s Fool’s Day have never been a big thing here in SA. My mom and aunt always say “white rabbit” immediately they see someone on 1 April. It sounds like you had some great fun with your class and mate when you were teaching. I don’t remember ever having these sorts of experiences when I was at school. I do remember one of the nuns teaching us how to make a mask from paper mache. I never forgot that lesson and made a lot of paper mache items with my sons from pinatas to a Roman helmet.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 11:43 am

      Having fun can come in all different ways, and the paper mache mask idea with the nun was one of those. I’m not sure if I’ve ever told you this, but two of my aunts were nuns. One was a science teacher. She could be very serious, but she also had a delightful sense of humor.

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  25. This was such a fun read, Pete. I’m still chuckling. You are so right that as a teacher, a sense of humor is required. I’m sure I pulled a few jokes on my students on April 1st way back when and they tried them on me. Mostly, it’s all about playing along in those cases, as I usually realized what was up from the first second. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 3:44 pm

      I think some teachers are fearful that the kids will become disrespectful if we create such a loose atmosphere. There was a time and place for it. I did not joke around with younger elementary students like I did with older kids. As you well know, Liesbet, teachers adjust their style given their audience.

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  26. A wonderful post, Pete I loved and smiled at every line…everyone should have laughter in their life… it’s a shame none of my teachers knew that..heads down and work was their motto …x

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    1. petespringerauthor April 2, 2022 — 8:12 pm

      I also appreciate the value of hard work, but I would argue that we’re more productive when we’re happier. It shouldn’t have to be one or the other.

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      1. Absolutely, Pete they go hand in hand 🙂 x

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  27. Obviously, your students know your classroom is a safe place to give and receive pranks. Why? You have created an environment of TRUST. Thanks for sharing some April Fool’s jokes here. This April Fool’s I told my husband that our trip to see my second cousin along the Gulf Coast had been cancelled. He didn’t act too alarmed because he was half-awake. Bad timing!

    I picked up on something else I applaud: you and your students I writing together and sharing your writing. When these kids get to college, they probably won’t get white-knuckled by writing assignments. Brava, Pete!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 3, 2022 — 8:42 am

      Like many other educators, I imagine that I was influenced by my own experiences. I’ll never forget how frightening it was when I took a required high school speech. It occurred to me that what was missing for me was that I didn’t have enough good prior experiences. Giving kids safe opportunities to share became part of my way of building their self-confidence to become more comfortable in public speaking settings. I think it sends a good message to kids when we give them time to share their writing. It teaches them that their writing holds value.

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  28. I loved all these April Fool’s stories! The teacher who can laugh with children, and create the laughter, is one who gets it. Laughter is the glue that holds us together. And when we’re together, we learn and grow, and have lots of fun along the way. Thank you for a fabulous post, Pete! I’d love to have heard Paul calling you on the phone. Ha!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 3, 2022 — 8:49 am

      I like your phrase, “Laughter is the glue that holds us together.” That articulates my feelings better than I expressed them. Lessons such as a teacher laughing at themselves are crucial for kids to learn from. It shows we all make mistakes, including the teacher. Rather than getting angry or being too hard on ourselves, we can laugh it off and move on.

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      1. Thank you, Pete. And, beautifully said.
        After reading your post, that was what came straight from heart into my typing fingers. It’s what we know as teachers, because it’s what we do. All the time. My Jennie Stories make children laugh, and add more glue. They all know I spill everything and hate peas. Then they can feel comfortable telling the class their own stories and laughing. More glue! 🙂

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  29. Lol, I bet the return prank with your friend stopped your heart for a second or two!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 3, 2022 — 6:07 pm

      Oh, yes. For just a second, my mind was going crazy. Paul is a great guy, and we had a lot of great times together.

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  30. love these stories. April Fools’ Day s one of my favorite days of the year, and I’ve pulled a few pranks on my students over the years…

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    1. petespringerauthor April 3, 2022 — 6:14 pm

      I’m glad to hear that this goes on even at the university level. There should be no age limit for having fun.

      How does it feel not to have the pressure to create a post every day, Jim? I hope things have calmed down with your school demands.

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      1. I have to admit, it feels pretty good!

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  31. Wonderful April Fool’s jokes, Pete – I feel in Australia that people have lost interest in April Fools in recent years. Toni x

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    1. petespringerauthor April 4, 2022 — 8:33 am

      A sense of humor and laughter gets me through many trying circumstances. Good to hear from you, Toni.

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  32. Oh my goodness, Pete. I can just imagine how terrified those girls were when you got angry and ‘sent them to the office’. And as for your friend Paul – I’m so pleased that wasn’t really a parent. It would have been difficult to explain. Just as well he chose a ‘good’ kid to be ‘parent’ of.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 4, 2022 — 8:38 am

      He was a master at pushing my buttons. I couldn’t ever get angry at him because you couldn’t meet a nicer person.

      One part of the story I didn’t tell about my boys is that many took pure delight in wanting to tell me what the girls were up to.

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      1. It shows what a wonderful relationship you had with them, Pete. It’s amazing to get them to all work together like that. 🙂

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  33. Oh boy, I felt that moment when there was only silence at the end of the other line Pete! I would have seriously been in full panic mode. Thankfully, you heard laughter right after that. I think it’s nice that your students felt comfortable enough with you to even try an April Fool’s joke. That says a lot about the trust you instilled with them. Not everybody would try a joke on their teacher.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 4, 2022 — 8:40 am

      I had teachers I was afraid of that I would never dream of pulling a gag on them. My 6th-grade teacher, Mrs. Siebert, with a notorious temper, comes to mind.

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  34. How fun, Pete. I especially liked the anecdote at the end and how for a moment you worried if you’d just insulted a parent. Lol. He got you good on that one. I think kids love it when a teacher has fun with them, and it creates a wonderful atmosphere for learning. Thanks for the fun post. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor April 4, 2022 — 2:52 pm

      I tried to keep it real with my students. If I was having a bad day because something else was going on in my life, I would tell them I might not be as patient as usual today. If there were five extra minutes at the end of the day, kids could share about anything exciting that was going on in their lives. I wanted them to be respectful but see me as a mentor and not someone to fear.

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  35. Lol Pete, I love your stories. You’re such a funster. 🙂

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  36. Very good, Pete. Going to the principal’s office must have had them sweating a bit. Good one. It teaches them about humor, too.

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2022 — 12:24 pm

      I suppose how much they’ve ever had to visit the principal in that capacity determines their level of concern. As I said in my post, I did feel a little guilt when I saw the looks of fear on a couple of kids’ faces who never had been in trouble ever at school.

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      1. When I was in the Army Reserve Drill Sergeant school, nearly done and ready to go back home, our Sr Drill Instructor pulled our group aside and told us that our orders were changed. The US had just crossed the Cambodian border and we were all heading to Viet Nam. Talk about your life passing before your eyes moment, then, after a minute, he began guffawing over his joke. I had to back to the barracks and change pants. It may have been April 1.

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  37. Lol, they’re pretty cheeky for 5th graders, I’ll give you that. I actually miss school and all the shenanigans associated with it. Also, every time I think about that, I’m reminded to appreciate my current moments more, since I might someday feel this way about today.

    By the way, just a heads up, you’ve written this paragraph twice: “When students arrived early…”

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    1. petespringerauthor April 5, 2022 — 4:55 pm

      Thanks for the comment and for the correction. I had a couple teachers that hated to be corrected, but I loved it when my students pointed it out. It showed they were paying attention. Even if I didn’t make mistakes on purpose, it was a good lesson for them to see that even teachers could make mistakes.

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  38. Oh my goodness this is so much fun! I think the two best high school pranks that were played were the time the seniors put the principals car onto the roof of the school and the time they filled the school pool up jello packets 🤭 they got into SO much trouble but it was worth it 🤣😅

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    1. petespringerauthor April 6, 2022 — 8:53 am

      Wow! Those are big-time pranks. The obvious questions are, how did they get the car up onto the roof? And how do you pull that off in broad daylight?🤣

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  39. You’ve had many great experiences on April Fool’s pranking and being pranked. You class was fun. We called it PE when I was in grade school. I would have thought they would come up with a fancier name for it by now. 😊

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    1. petespringerauthor April 11, 2022 — 7:40 pm

      Gym class, physical education class, calisthenics class—I’m sure there are more. My friends and I were the types (high school days) to challenge each other to do dumb things for cash. Not risky in the sense of danger, but incredibly awkward, like sitting down with some random person and asking if you can have a bite of their lunch.

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  40. Oh that Paul sounds like quite the trickster, keeping you on your toes!

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    1. petespringerauthor April 11, 2022 — 7:41 pm

      You couldn’t meet a more likable guy, but he had a devilish sense of humor, particularly with me. 😊

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  41. What a wonderful walk down memory lane with your students and staff!

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