It’s not every year that I have the opportunity to prank a room full of Chinese college students, so I decided to make the most of it. This April Fool’s Day, I planned not one, but TWO pranks for my kiddos. From flood pants to Carly Rae Jepsen, the whole hilarious experience did not disappoint. I could barely keep a straight face.
Prank #1: Flood Training
I explained that the University asked all teachers to perform a special training in each class. I started with a brief lesson about natural disasters. Hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons and finally, floods.
Me: “What will we do if a flood strikes our campus?”
Students: “We will climb the nearest mountain!”
Here’s what flood training looks like in my classroom. They totally bought it.
Prank #2: Sing Along
In American literature class, I explained that we will need to perform an English song at the next University-wide teacher’s meeting. I told them that I selected “I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepsen, because it’s the best way to show the teachers how strongly the students feel about them. Here’s the chorus if you don’t know it… “I really really really really really really like you. And I want you. Do you want me? Do you want me, too?” Here’s an incognito video I took of our first run through.
They seemed unsure at first, but a few of them were just starting to get into it when I admitted it was all a joke.
Happy April Fool’s Day from China and happy pranking!