Vote for Your Favorite Homework Excuse
The Dog Really Did Eat It!
It was a tough job, but we've selected our favorite homework excuses from the numerous ones sent in by NEA members. Now it's your turn to vote for your favorites, by rating the ones below.
"I wasn't able to do my homework last night because we had to go to the Grand Opening of the Bass Pro Shop." Four students gave me this same excuse ... you've got to love it!
— Michelle Bennett, Shallotte, North Carolina
The Sticky Tangram
The homework was to create a certain figure with paper tangrams, glue it down, and return it in the morning. The next day a child sheepishly tells me he can't turn in his work and hands me two pieces of lined paper glued together. I was stumped and then he began to explain he had a slight problem with the glue. When the glued pieces of paper were held up to the light, the tangrams were glued inside. I never laughed so hard in my life. That was 15 years ago and I still have it.
— Patricia Meyer, Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Puppy Ate It
The best one I heard was when one of our math teachers told the students her dog ate their homework. It was true. She had gotten a new puppy, and when she took their homework home to grade it, the puppy ate it! The class got a "freebie" on that homework assignment.
— Becky B., San Diego, California
The Baby Ate It
The best homework excuse was not one I received but one I had to write when my oldest son was in high school. My youngest child was just learning to pull himself up on things. My son left his homework sitting on the couch. Thus the excuse, "My baby brother ate my homework" was born.
— Anne Bremer, San Bernardino, California
When Parakeets Attack
I kept getting homework from a kid that always had holes in it. It looked like someone would take a pencil and just keep stabbing the papers. The poor kid brought his holiday homework packet back to school from winter break in a ziploc bag with a note attached to it. It looked like it had been bitten by a shark with a huge chunk taken out of it. The note read:
“Dear Ms. K: please excuse the appearance of Shawn's homework packet. We have adopted a family of parakeets and they seem to love paper. They have been attacking the homework of all our children. Thank you for accepting his holy homework.”
To top it off, as Shawn was taking off his sweatshirt to hang in the locker, blue and yellow feathers flew out of the shirt above his head and floated to the ground. Too funny!
— Kristie Karlowicz, Cleveland, Ohio
All Packed Up
"We are moving and my mom packed it in a box and we can not find it." Since this responsible young lady is reliable I gave her a break. I had a good laugh when mom called later in the day to confirm the story. She actually brought it to school the next week after unpacking from the move.
— Alicia Jacobson, Haiku, Hawaii
Birth Trumps Homework
My kindergartner brought in a note from his mother:
"I'm sorry _____ doesn't have his homework, I was giving birth and couldn't help him.
It will be done later this week and turned in."
— Tih Penfil, Madison Heights, Michigan
The MVP is not Excused
“Our hockey team just won the State Championships for the second year and I am the MVP...doesn't that give me a break on homework?”
As you can imagine, not only did it not give him a break, but he received points taken off for lateness.
— Ann Johnston, Brighton, Colorado
No Roman Numerals
The best homework excuse I've ever heard was back in the day when we had students typing outlines for their research papers. One young man explained that he didn't have the task completed because his "typewriter didn't come with Roman numerals on it."
— Robin Fisher-Terry
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