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I knew a little girl who's

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I knew a little girl who's teacher played a prank on them recently on April fools day. He told them that the kitchen had flooded and that they could all have McDonalds. Some of the children actually cried when he told them it was an April fools because they wasn't allowed Mcdonalds! I do think that is pretty harsh to tell a key stage 1 maths class!

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

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I like anything that reminds us we can take education seriously without taking ourselves too seriously. I'm passing these along today!

6-8 Reading Teacher and Literacy Coach

I love the suggestions

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I love the suggestions shared. I will absolutely use some to see how they turn out.

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Tellagami would be a great

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Tellagami would be a great tool for "tricking" or at least surprising your students! http://wp.me/p2qsME-fQ

I absolutely love this post.

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I absolutely love this post. I know that a lot of educators dread this particular day. Every year teachers attempt to mentally prepare themselves for the pranks/jokes that they will constantly endure due to April Fool's Day. However, I love the suggestions that were posted which show that teachers can also pull great pranks on their students and have them sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting the unknown. Sometimes it is nice to see that teachers are able to let their hair down once and awhile and get a good, harmless laugh at the expense of their students.

Great post! Another thing

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Great post! Another thing teachers can do in the classroom is talk about the history of pranks--how April Fools' Day came to be (see: http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/af_database/permalink/origin_of_april...); some pranks pulled during the 18th century (a sort of golden age of pranking) (see the Museum of Hoaxes website); and some funny presidential pranks (I cover these and lots more from the history of pranks in my kids' book, Pranklopedia). Julie Winterbottom

April Fools' Day: the bane of

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April Fools' Day: the bane of so many teachers' existences. So many of us worry how crazy our kids are going to get and how many ridiculous pranks will be pulled. Instead of dreading the day, we should embrace it. Great suggestions on how to do this!
Thank you so much for reminding teachers that it is okay to have fun in the classroom. In the age of state testing and high stakes testing, we often get so wrapped up in test preparation and curriculum that we often forget that we can enjoy ourselves in our classroom with our students.

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