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Linda's Top 10 Excuses for Not Passing Physical Science

The excuses parents hear - followed by what it REALLY means

  1. My teacher didn't teach this
    1. What it REALLY means - I didn't show up at school until 1/2 way (or more) through the class, and she refused to immediately stop the class, return to the beginning, and teach it all again - but, this time, speeded up.
  2. My teacher didn't help me
    1. When I finally got around to working, my teacher didn't serve me as my personal tutor, and ignore all the rest of the class, who HAD been working - so, it's really HER fault
  3. My teacher never explains this
    1. I missed the explanation/lab/whatever, due to:
      1. Talking
      2. Drawing
      3. Sleeping, and/or
      4. Texting
  4. My teacher's tests are too hard - any or all of the following apply
    1. I didn't read the textbook
    2. I didn't read the end-of-chapter summary
    3. I didn't ask questions
    4. I didn't listen to the answers
    5. I took no notes
    6. I copied everything in class/lab from the smart kid - it wasn't my fault that he/she wouldn't let me copy off his/her test
    7. I had a really important television show to watch
  5. My teacher acts like his/her class is the only one
    1. And gets mad when I try to do my math homework in class
    2. And won't excuse my cutting class to complete my English paper
    3. And expects me to show up for tutoring after school
  6. My teacher never is around
    1. When I show up after school, without an appointment, during the same time as the Faculty Meeting (which I knew about from the afternoon announcements)
    2. And won't give up her lengthy 22-minute lunch without an appointment
    3. And expects to keep her doctor's appointment, even though I have tears in my eyes and am begging and everything
  7. My teacher hates me
    1. Just because I called her a b---h when she wouldn't give me help during the test
    2. Because she wouldn't give me a "breathing" D - and, I really was!  Breathing, I mean - every class
  8. Nobody can pass this test
    1. Unless they like, STUDY, or something unreasonable
    2. So, of course, all those OTHER students, who passed, must have been given the answers in advance
  9. The amount of work is ridiculous!
    1. A warm-up activity, EVERY DAY!  That is based on what was done the previous class!  (Like I remember!  That was YESTERDAY!)
    2. We only had 2 weeks to complete the study guide!  Which we ONLY got 100 points for!
    3. She even assigned a project!  That wasn't a poster!
    4. She even expects us to read the textbook!  Or, at least the chapter summary!  Now, that's WAY too much!
  10. She won't travel to the state to insist that they not count my high-stakes test!
    1. She "claims" that the test is based on what we were doing in class.  As if I did any of THAT stuff!
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009 9:54 AM by LindaS

Betty said:

Oh, yeah.  I have heard all of those before.  You are right on about what it really means.  Also, kids love to go to other teachers and play them against each other by telling one that he is the favorite while complaining about another.  

# May 11, 2009 10:22 AM

Teacherruth said:

You are so funny.  How true, how true!  I think especially at this time of year they get so lazy!!  I have to ask myself with regards to a million questions asked about the easiest assignment and then getting frustrated because they are not swimming through it like the nice little fishies I thought they were - what is it?  ARE THEY LAZY??  yup :)


# May 11, 2009 7:27 PM

shubh said:

Really, you are right. My daughter also used to behave like this. But since I engaged for providing online homework help, she is performing well and almost has forgotten all of these excuses.

# May 12, 2009 1:00 AM

Exo said:

My sentiments exactly, Linda! My physical science class described perfectly... It would be funny if it wasn't so upsetting.

# May 17, 2009 9:41 AM

teachin' said:

I teach Language Arts, and these still apply (well, take out the word lab).  Hee.  And sigh.  

# May 17, 2009 10:53 AM
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