But that leaves me with nothing for today. If this wasn't April, I'd just skip posting altogether. But it is April, and rather than fail the challenge, I'm going to list some of the most frequent lies students tell me.
- But my teacher lets me...
- Eat in class.
- Use my cell phone.
- Listen to music.
- My teacher moved me here yesterday. Really, this is my assigned seat. Ignore what the newly written seating chart says.
- I have an A in this class.
- I'm getting straight As. (The students who are don't usually feel the need to brag about it.)
- He's my brother/cousin.
- She's my sister/cousin.
- I have to tell/ask him/her something about another class/project.
Then there are the classwork excuses. They have an assignment. They aren't doing it. I remind them that getting it done in class means they don't have to do it later, like at home. But they aren't having that...
- But I like homework.
- I don't get enough homework. (I actually left that in a note once for the teacher telling her which student told me this. I ran into the student later. He didn't like the consequences.)
- My parent(s) won't believe me if I tell him/her/them I don't have homework. (At which point I offer to write a note to this parent stating that the student finished the assignment in class. I have never been taken up on this offer.)
- I'll finish it at home.
- It's at home, finished. I'll bring it tomorrow.
- I'm grounded/the TV's broken/my device was taken away, so I'll be bored at home. I need something to do.
If I had a dollar for every time I've heard one of these, I would never need to work again.