Teachers are notorious for telling a fib here and there. My favorite is one I told today. My observation was today, so I told the students that the principal was coming to observe them. He needed to see if they were ready to go to fourth grade. I made sure that they know the principal would be taking notes, so they would need to be on their best behavior. Worked like a charm! My students were on their best behavior (tons of participation too), no bribery required. I guess a little white lie here and there makes a sane teacher!