Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I didn't do it

Found pic @ A Good Excuse Blog
'Why didn't you bring your textbook?', I asked.
'My dog ate it!', the student replied, giving me back that typical naughty smile, like if she was saying: 'Teacher, no hint of offence is intended; I know you have a lot of sense of humour, so I'm just trying to be funny'...

And she was right. Not about the dog having eaten her textbook, of course, but about me finding her excuse funny... She is one of my best students in that class, highly participative, as well as quite fluent in the American English accent... As some of my 9GAG fan students would say: 'True Story!'...

But now, it's time to plea for every poor dog's innocence, as we all know these lovely creatures didn't do it: either eating the textbooks, or more commonly, the HW!!! The text that follows was written by the A GOOD EXCUSE BLOG's author. I find it so funny and it matches this topic so perfectly that I couldn't help but sharing it with you. So, here it goes:

«Stop me if you've heard this one before; A teacher is sitting at his desk, talking to a student who failed to turn in their homework. The teacher says: “On Monday you said your homework blew away. On Tuesday you said your father accidentally took it to work with him. On Wednesday you said your little sister tore it up. On Thursday you said someone stole it. Today I asked you to bring your mom and dad to school with you so we can discuss this problem. Now where are your parents?” The student thinks a bit and then replies ”My dog ate them”.
I know what it’s like to not have your homework. I can think of plenty of times when I showed up to class completely unprepared. I always managed to come up with a good excuse for why I didn't have my homework. Amazingly enough, each one of the aforementioned “joke” excuses can be fine tuned to be a totally useful “real” excuse that you can use to tell your teacher next time they ask you where your homework is. Here are some great excuses for not turning in your homework: Homework Sucks: I was reviewing my homework answers this morning on the ride to school. The window rolled down on the freeway and it sucked my homework and some other papers out of the car/bus. None of His Business: I got a text message from my dad who said he accidentally took my homework with him to work this morning. Re-Purposed: My little brother used my homework on a paper mache’s recycling project for his 3rd grade class. I would bring it in to show you, but he had to bring it to his own class today. Back-Track-Pack: I accidentally left my backpack on the bus this morning. My mom called the bus company, who said they found it and I’ll be able to get it back today after school. Pet Peeve: My dog ate my homework, but he must not have liked it because he threw it up later. I would bring it in but it smelled terrible and I didn’t want to put it in my backpack.»

Why not challenge our students to be as well creative, and ask them to write the most original excuse(s) for not having returned their homework? I'm sure that when they find the topic appealing, they give their best!


  1. nao sou o nuno nem o martim (ANONYMUS)Tuesday, May 08, 2012 5:02:00 pm

    I like the part when the teacher speak about the memes

  2. I can't believe that the only part of the text you liked was about the memes, Emanuel!!!

  3. I lost my homework in one fight with the kid who said that the lady was not the best teacher in the school.
    Its the best excuse ever!!!

  4. Laughing Out VERY Loud!!!... I believe any teacher would forgive you for not having turned in your HW, after such an astonishing excuse, Nuno!... I would!... ;)))

  5. Student: Teacher, I'm sorry, I didn't do my homework.
    Teacher: Why?
    Student: My young brother, went to my satchel, and tore all the pages of my notebook.
    Teacher: so, why didn't you bought a new notebook and did the homerwork?
    Student: Because this was on this night, he's sleepwalker.

  6. Poor little brothers!... Along with the dogs, they are the perfect choices for the students who don't turn in their HWs!... ;)))
    It's gr8t to have you back!...