“One time my family was moving, so we had a whole bunch of extra “For Sale” signs in my garage.  My friends and I went around at night and stuck “For Sale” signs in our friends’ lawns, so when they woke up in the morning their house was up for sale!”

“We had a lot of extra spaghetti at our house, and it was starting to get old and hard.  My friends and I took the huge bowl and went driving down the street, screaming and throwing spaghetti at people!  We hit some people right in the face!  It was hilarious!”

“My friends and I were watching Billy Madison and thought that the scene with the flaming bags of poop was hilarious!  We wanted to do something like it, so we filled up some paper sacks with chili!  We drove over to my crush’s house, and left a flaming bag of chili on his porch.  We hid in the bushes and watched him try to stamp out the fire.  It was so funny!”

“This girl in my class didn’t like me very much, because I was dating this guy that she liked.  My friends and I took some ketchup and placed it on her chair at school.  She didn’t notice, and the rest of the day people were asking her if it was “that time of the month” for her.  She never found out that it was us that put the ketchup there!”

“I was running for student government, and there was a lot of construction going on at my school at the time.  They were putting in a new soccer field and building a new lunchroom.  When I stood up to give my campaign speech, I said, ‘If I get elected, I promise that I will put in a new soccer field and a new lunchroom in this school!’  I listed off all of the projects that were already being put into place!  It was so hilarious – and I got elected!”

“My boyfriend asked me to prom by putting a wading pool full of water on my front porch.  He then got a frozen fish from the deli and put it outside the wading pool, with a sign that said, ‘I’d be a fish out of water if you didn’t go to prom with me!’  It wasn’t the most romantic way to get asked to prom, but it was so funny!”

“My dad was running for office in our town, so my friends and I wanted to make sure that he won.  We drove around the town and grabbed all of the signs of his opponents off of people’s yards.  We put all of the signs in our garage. My dad found them later and made us give them all back.  But I think that our prank worked – my dad got elected!”

“We grabbed all of my friend’s clothes out of her gym locker and turned them all of them inside-out.  When we got of out of P.E., my friend was in such a hurry that she didn’t even notice that her clothes were inside out!  We let her walk around with inside-out clothes for about an hour before we finally told her!”

“My friends and I went to the mall to check out the guys that were there.  We brought with us my older brother’s belt.  When we saw a cute guy, we would go up to him from behind and say, ‘Did you drop this?’  A lot of guys would actually check to make sure they were still wearing their belt!  They would start talking to us after that, and my friend even met her boyfriend that way!”

“Before we went swimming one day, my friends and I decided to cut a little hole in our friend’s old swimming suit.  She had wanted to buy a new one for a long time, but she hadn’t gotten around to it.  So, we thought that cutting a little hole would help her to finally buy a new suit.  She didn’t notice the hole, and while we were swimming she went down a waterslide.  The hole ripped really wide open on the slide, and we had to grab towels before she could even get out of the water!”

Getting on your Teacher’s Good Side

girl leaning on top of her booksDo you want to get on your teacher’s good side without necessarily becoming a teacher’s pet?  There are a lot of things that you can do to get on your teacher’s good side.  Remember, though, teachers are really smart.  They will be able to tell if you’re trying to kiss-up to them.  Although sometimes this can help you to get on your teacher’s good side, try to just be nice and compliment them without looking like you’re intentionally kissing-up.  The best thing to do, first of all, is to show to your teacher that you are willing and excited to learn about what they are going to teach you.  Having a positive attitude toward what you are learning always helps you to get along better with your teacher.

Here are a couple more easy tips to help you get on your teacher’s good side:

  1. Use polite language when talking to your teacher: Say lots of “pleases” and “thank-yous” when talking to your teacher.  Also, look at your teacher in the eye when you are speaking to them or listening to them speak to you.  Eye contact is very important, and it helps your teacher to feel like you are listening to what they have to say!  Some teachers also love to hear “sirs,” “madams,” or “misses.”  Never be rude or mean when speaking to your teacher – that won’t help you to get on their good side at all!  Remember, teachers are people too, and they have feelings!
  2. Don’t make excuses: Teachers can always tell when a student is making excuses for poor performance in class.  Let’s be honest, no teacher wants to hear, “The dog ate my homework.”  Be as responsible as you can with your homework, so that you won’t be tempted to make up excuses!  If you have a real problem that’s affecting your schoolwork, be honest with your teacher and tell them about the situation.  Even though we can’t guarantee that you’ll get a better grade from your teacher for doing this, they will appreciate your honesty and openness with them.
  3. Ask questions: This is a great way to get on your teacher’s good side and show that you are willing to learn!  Raise your hand whenever you have a real question – just don’t raise your hand so much that you start to become annoying to your teacher!  Make sure that you ask relevant and thoughtful questions that will help you to better understand what’s being taught.  If you will still are having difficulty understanding concepts, go in for tutoring a couple times after class.  This will show you’re teacher that you take his/her class seriously, and it’s an easy way to get on the good side of your teacher!
  4. Don’t talk to your crush during class! It’s kind of obvious – talking to your friends or your crush during class is one of the best ways to get on your teacher’s bad side!  Teachers always like the students that are good, attentive listeners.  Text messaging your friends during school is also a bad idea.  If your teacher sees you doing this, they will get the impression that you don’t care about their class or listening to them.  Class may not be as fun, but you’ll need to put your cellphone in your backpack and save the texts for another time.

Always be very respectful to your teacher and don’t give the impression that you aren’t respectful.  For example, chatting and whispering is one of the easiest ways to destroy a relationship of respect between a teacher and a student – it is easy for the teacher to think that you are whispering about them!  Instead of whispering or talking, focus on listening to what the teacher has to say, and you’ll be on your way to getting on their good side!

Break the ice with Mr. Right, how to talk to your crush

At some point or another there will be a guy in your life that you only know from a distance, but that you have a crush on. It might be a guy in your school, a guy at your church, or a brother, cousin, or friend of one of your friends. These distant crushes are often the most fun, but they are also the most difficult to pursue. When you don’t even know the guy, and you have a crush, it can be really awkward and uncomfortable to talk to them that first, second, and even third and fourth time. So, how can you break the ice and start up a conversation with your crush?

  1. Look for something in common. It does not really matter what it is, maybe you locker by each other, maybe you drive the same kind of car, both play sports, don’t play sports, have a similar backpack. Whatever it is, you can use commonalities to your advantage. So, find something you have in common, even if it is just a connection through a person. For example, if you have a distant crush on your friend’s cousin, you can break the ice for the first time you talk to them, by using that connection as an excuse. If you see them at school, walk up to them and say, “You are so and so’s cousin right?” They will say, “right” and now you need a reason you asked. So, come up with one. You could ask if they know where they are, what cell service they use, etc. It really does not matter. They might think it is a bit annoying, but at least you got the conversation going. Thank them, ask them why you two don’t really know each other, especially since they are cousins, and invite them to come along next time you do something. Now, not only have you talked to your crush, but you have set up an opportunity for a next step. This can be done with any commonality. If it is you have the same backpack and nothing else in common, simply say, “Nice backpack.” And see if the conversation goes anywhere. If it doesn’t, follow up on it with something flirty like, “Crap, I better get a new one, wouldn’t want people thinking I am trying to be like you.” Say it jokingly, and wink. This is a great way to get their attention, and chances are next time you see each other, he will comment on how you have not gotten a new back pack yet. You could say you figure he was the one trying to be like you, and if he would like to get a new one, you would be happy to go along and help him pick it out.
  2. Get some help. It is something you do in kindergarten to have your friend go up to your crush and tell him, but that does not mean you shouldn’t get your friend’s help. If you have a friend who knows your crush, have them help you break the ice. Get them to invite you both to do something, get them to introduce the two of you, then because of common courtesy you would need to talk, and you can build off that and get to know your crush better. The next time you see him after that, he will already have a connection to you, so smile, wave, and if comfortable and natural talk, but don’t go out of your way. However, the time after that, you will want to at least exchange some pleasantries, ask how they are at least.
  3. A great way to break the ice and talk to Mr. Right, your big time crush, is to acknowledge their presence, then use it to get a more intimate conversation going. What? Well, for example, if you ride the same bus, sit near them and give them the chin lift hello, then strike up a conversation, a “How are you?” is a good way to start, then look for something in common to build off of. If you are at a football game say something about the team, and let this carry for a while. Then, really make your move by asking if they have anything fun planned for later. Usually they will have something and invite you to come along, or have nothing which opens up the opportunity for you to do some inviting.

If you have a distant crush, you owe yourself the possibility to explore it. So, quit being a big baby, and go talk to them. If you have to, write that you think they are cool in their yearbook and leave your number, see what happens. At least do something.