Chucking Chalk

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A teacher or other instructor throws chalk pieces (or other small objects) at their dissipated pupils. Often the scene will first focus on one or two students not following the class, before an unidentified object flies towards them and gets their attention back to an irritated teacher.

It is usually Played for Laughs, and the chalk sticks will be thrown with uncanny accuracy against the kids' heads, showing that the teacher has a long "experience" in this domain.

The Badass Teacher and Sadist Teacher will often use this technique as a way to quell troublemakers, with the Stern Teacher also occasionally getting in on it.

A Discredited Trope in Real Life Western education systems. (A teacher throwing things at his pupils is likely to find himself out of a job in short order.)

See also School Teachers. Nothing to do with the series ChalkZone.


Advertising
  • Tommy Lee Jones appeared in commercials for a brand of coffee where he's an alien teaching Japanese students. Since the students are pranksters, he incinerates a booby-trapped eraser with his laser eyes, destroys his desk, and slings a piece of chalk back at a rude student so hard it shaves part of his hair and leaves a crater in the wall.
  • Meanwhile, in Japan...

Anime and Manga
  • Yukari-sensei of Azumanga Daioh once managed a double shot upside Osaka and Kagura's heads.
  • Yurine's introduction in Ano Ko ni Kisu to Shirayuri wo has her sleeping on her desk with the teacher yelling at her. She wakes her up with a precise chalk shot on the head and makes her solve a very hard math problem at the blackboard. Yurine wakes up, solves the problem effortlessly, and goes back to sleep.
  • Parodied in Petit Eva. Shinji is sleeping in Misato’s class, prompting her to try this. He dodges the chalk. She tries again, and he dodges again. She starts throwing more and more chalks (escalating to firing them off a machine gun), and he dodges every single one of them. While asleep.
  • In Chobits Hideki gets chalk thrown at him when he falls asleep in class and cries out when a nightmare wakes him.
  • In Kantai Collection, the Heavy Cruiser Ashigara throws chalk at a whispering Kisaragi at such a velocity that she flies out of her chair. This was because, of course, Kisaragi was mentioning how Ashigara failed to hook up with any men at her last mixer.
  • In Keijo!!!!!!!!, Nozomi isn't paying attention in class and is duly hit with flying chalk... except instead of throwing it, the teacher launches it off her butt, at such high velocity that it knocks Nozomi backwards off her chair. It's that kind of series.
  • Exaggerated, like every trope, in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, when Yoko gets some distracted students' attention by throwing a chalk so hard it gets embedded in the wall.
  • In the anime adaptation of the video game Gate Keepers, there was a particularly Jerk Ass teacher who often threw chalk at students. Said teacher also happened to an Invader sleeper agent who got convinced that he was really a human by his own disguise.
  • In Spriggan, Yu Ominae's delinquent status in his high school is known publicly to the point that his teacher throws chalk at his head to make him pay attention. It's subverted since Yu catches the chalk with his fingers even when he dozes off. The manga suggests that it wasn't his first time getting into this kind of trouble.
  • Shinichi's teacher does this twice to him early on in Manga/Parasyte; the first time, Migi instinctively catches and crushes it without Shinichi even noticing but the second time, the chalk hits him because Migi had fallen asleep.
  • In Place to Place, Kikue-sensei throws a piece of chalk at Io's head for twirling his pen at high speeds. Somehow, it curves to hit Mayoi instead.
  • In Nintama Rantarou, Doi-sensei is a master of this trope thanks to years of trying to control his students' antics. His aiming skill with chalks has gone up to such a godly level that he can even hit several students with only one chalk stick. In one arc in which Doi had a nervous breakdown from having to throw a kunai at a target board for the teacher test, Rantarou goaded his teacher into throwing a kunai painted white at him by pretending to runaway while standing right in front of the target, Doi not only hit it right in the middle but the "chalk" impaled through the thick layers to the other side.
  • Washu of Tenchi Muyo! takes this Up to Eleven - if people interrupt her when she's lecturing, she throws bricks.
  • Miss Seki from Ojamajo Doremi throws chalk in Doremi's direction very often. Sometimes when she throws it, Aiko ends up catching it, impressing the rest of the students.

Film
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life's "Sex Ed" scene exaggerates this.
    Headmaster: Well, as we all know about foreplay no doubt you can tell me what the purpose of foreplay is... Biggs.
    Biggs: Don't know, sorry sir.
    Headmaster: Carter.
    Carter: Er... was it taking your clothes off, sir?
    Headmaster: And after that?
    Wymer: Putting them on the lower peg sir? (Headmaster throws a board duster at him and hits him.)
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Faux!Moody throws a piece of chalk at Seamus after hearing him talk about his magical eye.
  • In the French movie Les Profs, this is Gladys the English teacher's Signature Move. In a scene, she goes More Dakka on her students in a War Movies parody, with machine-gun sound effects and the students taking cover behind their desks. She does not especially do that in the original comic, where she is "just" an overall Sadist Teacher.

Literature
  • Chronicles of the Kencyrath. The strategy instructor of the Academy of Tentir has a wooden fist. He has a tendency to detach and throw it at dozing cadets. Later exaggerated, when he dismisses a class where half are mildly concussed for inattention.
  • In the Battle Royale novel, the teacher throws chalk at students who talk in "class". The first time. The second time, it's a knife.
  • This trope is mentioned is Pyramids- only, at the Assassins Guild, if a student isn't paying attention in class, they're going to get something much worse than chalk thrown at them...
  • Mrs. Murphy does this in Freaky Friday. The principal and school psychologist don't seem to care.

Video Game
  • Tales of Symphonia opens with The Hero being hit in the face by a flying eraser. It turns out that he had fallen asleep at his desk and was made to stand in the back of the room holding buckets of water. When he managed to fall asleep again, Raine opted to throw the eraser at him to wake him up.
  • One of the minigames in Incredible Crisis has Ririka trying to sneak out of class, trying to avoid the wrath of her hot-headed, chalk-chucking teacher.
  • The protagonist can be on the receiving end of this in Persona 5 if he slacks off in class, as seen in Persona 5: The Day Breakers. If he has enough Proficiency to dodge, he'll impress his classmates and gain a small Charm bonus.

Visual Novel
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, when Aristotle Means goes to psycho teacher mode during his testimony, he chucks chalk at those who "defied" him. At one point, he even applied his "The end justifies the means" motto by trying to chuck chalk at the defense lawyers in an attempt to distract them.


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