Search for excuses for being late to school has been practiced as a traditional ritual for decades. Here are the top 10 ideas.
Irrespective of the age, creed or region, the students at least once in their lifetime find themselves guilty of being late to the class.
It usually happens to many, every other day, which brings us to the need of more creative and effective ideas for excuses which can help evade the tragic consequences of being late. Given below is a collection of some creative and more compelling excuses that you may find helpful in the times of need.
1. Be kind and helpful to the needy
Helping out someone in trouble, where someone could be an old lady trying to cross the street or having a difficulty carrying her grocery items. Or if your teacher is dog person, you can always bring up a dog story where you were busy feeding a hungry dog or took the dog to vets for a checkup. Although you can’t use this excuse quite routinely but it will surely be effective.
2. The typical snooze issue
You can always blame your cursed alarm for waking you up late. There won’t be a single person who hasn’t been troubled by their clocks. So the teacher will definitely buy your excuse.
3. Short sighted refuge
Though it is applicable to only those who have problems with their eyesight yet it is very realistic. You can make an excuse of misplacing your spectacles, which ultimately led to a series of disastrous events, making you late for the class.
4. Woeful skies
While bad weather has always caused problems, it can always prove to be an effective excuse for you. You may have got trapped in the fog, blown away by the wind or even stuck in the snow. Weather conditions will always favor you in your excuses provided the weather is indeed appalling.
5. Apparel errorEvery institute follows a certain set of dress code for its students. So you may have failed to comply and realized it halfway to the college therefore you had to move all the way back to your home to get a proper dressing.
6. Sympathy cardThough it won’t be quite an attractive idea to have your bones broken just to get an excuse for coming late but if you can just try putting on some bandages or even a plaster considering the severity of the situation, you can always get the sympathetic leverage.
7. An unexpected treatIt might not be a popular idea in your social circle to be pleasant to the teacher but giving a small treat to the teacher upon arriving late to the class will surely add up to your charm and will save you from any harm. Show up with their favorite magazine or chocolate or even some news that may be of their interest.
8. Blame the traffic
Getting stuck in the traffic is always very annoying but it can always prove to be one of the legits excuses for being late to school. Getting stuck in the traffic usually in the peak hours is definitely problematic for everyone. So your teacher will certainly consider it sincerely.
9. Oooops ... My old car did it again
Your car broke down and you had to walk to your college or university all the way. This may not work if you come over by the bus. In that case, you can blame the bus driver for leaving you on purpose due to the grudges he bears for you.
10. Crack up the teacherIf you are known for your witty nature among your friends, you can always take it to your advantage in situations like those. Try to put up a really funny story where you might have got into a time warp and traveled back in time, wearing a Stetson will add up to your advantage. Or you bumped into some aliens from Mars who happen to struggle finding right directions on the Earth therefore you helped them as being the peaceful and hospitable inhabitant of Earth.
Excuses like these will be helpful only if you are pretty convincing and confident in your tone while making these excuses to your respective teachers otherwise you may be victimized and face the extreme consequences.
It’s the beginning of the semester (or quarter) and already you are experiencing the problem. Maybe it starts with just one student, who every class comes rushing in late. Or perhaps a small group saunters in just as your lecture or discussion is getting going, fresh coffees in hand. Then there is the snowball effect—it starts with one or two latecomers to your early morning class, and then gradually the numbers increase until the disruption of late arrivals is too much to ignore. Whatever the scenario, is there a solution?
The answer is yes, but how you choose to handle the situation may depend on the size of your class, the culture at your institution, and your teaching philosophy. Some instructors take a hard line approach, others may attempt to deal with each offender individually. The latter concept, to speak individually to students who arrive late, is worth considering. If your institution has a large campus, or several campuses from which students may be arriving, it could be that they don’t have sufficient time to change classes. Or there is the possibility that another instructor is consistently running late, leaving students to race to their next class. It is appropriate to work with students to find a solution, before penalizing them and before getting too far into the semester when habits may be harder to break.
Advice from various sources provides a range of strategies. In Late Again? (The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 5, 2015) Stephanie Reese Masson, an instructor of language, English, and communication at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, recommends talking to your class about lateness and potential motivators for punctual arrival. She chose two tactics—marking late students as absent with a grade reduction after four absences and periodically offering unscheduled, short, in-class, extra-credit activities at the start of class. Her essay includes other ideas as well.
Duquesne University Center for Teaching Excellence has a page of advice on reducing late arrivals, including arriving early yourself so that you can interact with students as they come into class. “If you arrive to class early, you show your students that you value your time with them. By arriving early, chatting with students, answering questions and starting on time, you build rapport and model proper classroom etiquette. Do not try to embarrass late students in front of the class. Statements such as “I see you’re late again,” or “Why are you late, Mr. Watson?” beg for a reply and can easily domino into greater classroom distractions. A better approach is simply to welcome the late student. A welcoming recognition of a late student lets the student know that you are aware of his/her lateness without giving opportunity to spiraling incivility. If a student is habitually late, ask to talk to the student after class and express your concerns to him/her in private.” Other suggestions include starting class with an activity or with something that will intrigue your students.
The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University has a section on their website called Solve a Teaching Problems, which is a great resource for a range of issues instructors are likely to encounter. For each issue, potential reasons are identified and appropriate solutions and strategies are offered. For Students come to class late, possible reasons include: students don’t take responsibility for themselves, students’ expectations are out of line with the instructor’s, students don’t recognize how their lateness affects others, students don’t perceive the beginning of class as important, there is no consequence to being late, students are trying to challenge the instructor’s authority, students are experiencing emotional or psychological problems, and students have physical or logistical reasons for coming late. Each link will take you to a page with applicable strategies.
The key take-away from all the advice offered is that to solve the problem of student tardiness, you must first understand the reasons that students are arriving late.
Macie Hall, Senior Instructional Designer
Center for Educational Resources
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