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Lame Excuses, Part 1

We all know the excuse “the dog ate my homework.”

I’m going to start posting the excuses I actually hear (often repeatedly) in my classes. For any new teachers, keep your ears out for these.

Lame Excuse:
I base daily points on whether a student has worked diligently toward a project’s goals throughout the entire period.
Me: “What have you done today?”/”What are you working on?”
Student: “I had something I was working on, but I threw it away.”
Nine times out of ten, if you ask him (it’s always been a male) to retrieve the thing from the trash he will refuse to. This is due to the fact that he was lying.

Lame Excuse:
Sometimes, a class simply refuses to quiet down and listen. Then I have to single out one student, usually the loudest, to bring to his/her attention that his/her behavior is unacceptable.
Me: “I just asked everyone to be quiet. Why are you still talking?”
Student: “Well, everyone else is still talking, why aren’t you telling them to stop talking?”

By Dawn Pedersen

Science advocate, web designer, educator, artist, and mommy.

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