“My dog ate my homework” is, like, so yesterday. While the times they are a-changin’, so, too, are students’ homework excuses. Today’s digital natives have come up with some pretty inventive reasons for avoiding academic responsibility. Here are a few of my personal favorites, and by favorites I mean, here are just some of the reasons why I’m banging my head on my desk.
“My smart TV hacked my computer.”
I bet the voice recognition remote told the TV to do it.
“Alexa gave me the wrong answers.”
Inadvertent admission of cheating is almost as good as the assignment itself.
“I didn’t realize those hyperlinks would print.”
If you’re going to copy and paste, at least show some pride in your plagiarism.
“Google Docs saved everyone else’s work but mine!”
Look me in the eyes and say it again.
“The alert on my phone didn’t go off.”
The ol’ AM and PM are tricky. May I suggest a planner, a sticky note, a string around your finger …
“My computer got a virus.”
Had your computer’s three previous viruses not coincided with the due dates of our three previous assignments, I might have believed you.
“I didn’t know I couldn’t text you my paper.”
How many paragraphs in were you before you realized that texting a five-page research paper wouldn’t work out?
“Our Wi-Fi was down.”
Allow me to introduce you to the library.
“You didn’t get my assignment? Weird. I emailed it.”
THAT IS WEIRD, ISN’T IT?
And of course, an oldie but goodie that continues to stand the test of time:
“I didn’t know we had an assignment—you didn’t remind us.”
And, let me guess, neither did Siri?
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