In France, April 1st is “April Fish Day.” It consists of children drawing fish and spending the day chasing you around, trying to stick them on your back.
Personally, I think it lacks the clever salt-in-the-sugar-shakers,* fake ultrasound photos, fake plaster casts element of the concurrent anglophone holiday. Nonetheless, it was pretty adorable when all of my students chased each other around with cute little hand-drawn fish this morning.
To give the tradition a new twist, I drew an open-jawed Great White Shark and stuck it to my back before my second class today.
The joke backfired. They thought someone had tricked me with the giant shark. A little deductive reasoning would have been useful—there was far too much tape for it to have been stuck there sneakily—but my students lack that skill, I’m afraid.
*I’m sure I will live to regret explaining this trick to some 4th and 5th graders. I apologize in advance to their parents.