More Funny School Moments

An Excerpt from They Call Me Mom

At times, kids create humor without intending to.  I wish that I had a dollar for every time that I was called “Mom” by one of my students.  That is something that happened every year, especially with the younger children.  It was always said unintentionally.  Most times, the student would sheepishly laugh, realizing it sounded funny to be calling the teacher, “Mom.” 

Instead of being somehow offended, I took this as a wonderful compliment.  The idea that a teacher was like a mom to a child was a very nice comparison, even if said by accident.

However, I could not account for why they called me “Mom” more than they called me “Dad.”  I’ll leave it to someone else to figure that one out.  I was even called “Grandma” by one of my students.  (I was about thirty-years-old at the time.)  I remember telling my student in a joking manner, “If I look like your grandma, then one of us (Grandma or me) has a problem.”

Then there were the most memorable excuses that my 5th and 6th-grade students gave me for not having their homework:

#5 “Somebody broke into my dad’s car last night and stole my backpack.”  (Math papers are a hot item with thieves these days.)

#4 “My mom forgot to make me do it.”  (She’s been falling down on the job lately.)

#3 “My parents made me go to the movies with them, so I didn’t have time.” (Why didn’t they make me?  I would have liked a night off too.)

#2 “My parents don’t allow us to do homework on ‘Family Game Night.’”  (Good to know that they’ve got their priorities in order.)

#1 “I thought you were kidding.”  (Yes, this sounds exactly like the kind of thing I’d joke about.)

29 thoughts on “More Funny School Moments

  1. Those excuses are hilarious, Pete. I never forget to make my boys do their homework [grin]. WRT calling you mom, depending on the age group, I think that is fairly natural. Teachers are nurturers and carers in their role.


    1. petespringerauthor January 14, 2020 — 9:17 pm

      I taught grades 2-6, and I was called mom most often by second and third graders, but it happened at every age. Some kids never even caught themselves and just kept talking to me. I never corrected them since I knew it was an accident, and I found it sweet.

      I often wondered if the excuse-makers grew into adults who blamed their problems on everyone else. My whole philosophy was to teach them that school was practice for a job. (minus the pay 😎) Most learned to be responsible when that was the expectation.

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      1. That is a very good philosophy. That is the approach taken by my sons school too.

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  2. At least they tried to make excuses:) In some cases, I’m sure these were logical “reasons” in their own minds and certainly not because they put the work off for too long and ran out of time!


    1. petespringerauthor January 14, 2020 — 10:26 pm

      Based on their track records, most of the time these excuses were completely bogus. The kids knew my expectations, and I was consistent with fifth and sixth graders. There was no scolding or lectures. They knew they would work on their overdue work before they had any free time. I was trying to teach them to be responsible and to take school seriously. If they had a family situation that prevented them from doing their work, I accepted a note from their parents. Thanks for the comments, Becky.

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  3. Lol, I love that last excuse 🙂


    1. petespringerauthor January 15, 2020 — 10:24 am

      It sure helps to come to class armed with a sense of humor.

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  4. my wife teaches four-year olds, and she has told me several of her students have called her “mom” over the years. It is interesting that your students would use the same word, and I would take it as a compliment. Regarding the homework excuses, I’m curious what your thoughts are on homework. There seems to be a movement to not assign any homework…

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    1. petespringerauthor January 15, 2020 — 10:44 am

      Thanks for the question, Jim. My thought is that giving children a small, age-appropriate amount of homework is a good thing. Not only may they practice skills they are learning, more importantly, it is also a lesson in responsibility. As you imply, there is quite a difference of opinion regarding this topic. What I typically assigned my students was twenty-thirty minutes of reading as well as one fifteen-minute written assignment in math or language arts.

      When teachers assign hours of mindless drudgery, that’s when homework does more harm than good. Kids begin to dislike school, and that is never a good thing. I do think children should have family time and downtime to pursue personal interests. I never assigned homework over the weekend.

      What I find to be a more disturbing trend is how long kids are at school. My school, like many others, had an after school program. It was a quality program where kids could do their homework, take part in enrichment activities (gardening, photography, choir, etc.), get exercise, and even be fed something nutritious. The big negative is many parents did not pick up their children until closing time (6:00 p.m.) There is no way that young children should be at school from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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      1. Thanks for your insights, Pete. Your approach to homework seems to be right on target. And I feel bad for those kids that are at school for that long; doesn’t leave much time for family time.

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  5. I once thought to write a book of excuses for my junior high band teacher, because I realized I gave him quite a few. After quickly jumping into silliness, I abandoned the idea. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor January 15, 2020 — 10:48 am

      Having read many of your blog posts and knowing how witty you can be, I’ll bet that would have been quite entertaining.

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      1. 😀 Thanks, but consider that I was 13…

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  6. Mom’s fault–I would jump on those with both feet. Kids learned to try a different excuse! Hilarious post, Pete.

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    1. petespringerauthor January 15, 2020 — 10:50 am

      Good old, Mom—she comes in handy when it comes to making excuses. I’m with you, Jacqui. The kids learned right away that I wouldn’t let them get away with pawning their responsibilities off on somebody else.


  7. Wonderful post Pete and tough to keep a straight face I would imagine when faced with those excuses… some were good enough to tuck away for future use…xx


    1. petespringerauthor January 16, 2020 — 4:19 pm

      I’ve met my share of people who go through life, blaming everyone else instead of looking in the mirror. Parents aren’t doing their children any favors when they make excuses for them.

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      1. They don’t Pete and so often that pattern of making excuses stays with the child for life… into work and relationships. x

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  8. At least the dog didn’t get blamed for eating the homework…Hard to not give a little grin while reading this 🙂 x

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    1. petespringerauthor January 16, 2020 — 4:22 pm

      I did get a note from a trustworthy parent once who told me her child didn’t have the homework because the dog peed on it. 🤣 Nothing like an animal critic to demonstrate his opinion.

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      1. From a mother whose grown up children admitted her signature was easy to forge and was… Brings me to wonder how many times the dog, or younger sister, were used as reasons.. Lol..

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  9. Lol, best excuses Pete. I’m sure you have an arsenal of of them 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor January 20, 2020 — 6:49 pm

      I could go on. Sometimes the parents made excuses for their kids. I’m trying to hold your kid accountable and teach him responsibility, and you are enabling him. Pretty frustrating!


      1. Hey, I hear you! 🙂

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  10. This is so funny, Pete. I love the stories. My preschoolers aren’t quite as eloquent, but they have their stories, too. Hey, I’ve been called Mom, Dad, and more. I’ve been told in a loving way that my hair is just like Gloria’s. Isn’t teaching great? 😀

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    1. petespringerauthor January 25, 2020 — 7:15 pm

      That’s so sweet to be compared to Gloria; I’m sure your students adore you both. At least the kids aren’t bringing you home yet.🤣

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      1. They want me to come for a sleepover! 😀

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  11. petespringerauthor January 26, 2020 — 9:48 am

    I never tire of telling my sleepover story because it happened to me once. I obviously did not go, but it’s a funny image to think of the parents’ reaction if I were to have walked in carrying my sleeping bag.

    We used to take the sixth-graders on a two-night campout near the end of the year. Talk about tired! I never slept well during that trip because it was an immense responsibility, and I’d wake to every little sound during the night.
    Part of the experience was trying to let the kids figure out how to put up a tent. My teaching partner and I would take the kids on the most extended hikes during the day so that they’d be too tired to get into any mischief.😎


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