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Dear Teacher, Please excuse this student to class

In the follow-up to my post on how Stone Arch’s new DC Superheroes books got us into trouble, here is Michael Dahl’s answer when I wrote his publisher asking for an excuse note for class:

YES. Wouldn’t it be cool it you had a form printed up and I could sign it and say the kids missed class or were late due to “further literacy exploration and development.” ?  I would gladly sign it!
 
So, readers, now instead of reviewing everything I have scheduled this week to do, I am composing excuse notes in my mind. Which of these should I sent Michael to sign?

Dear Teacher,

Please excuse the following students and allow them to enter class. 

They were engaged in further literacy exploration and development in the library. 

Sincerely,

Michael Dahl

Dear Teacher,
 Great books are meant to be enjoyed by students. So sorry your students chose my excellent books to read instead of attending your boring class. 

The author

Dear Teacher, 

Life-long learning is a goal of a sound educational program. To assist you in inspiring students to read and self-select novels, I have devoted my time to writing interesting books that students like to read. I am sure you realize this is an important goal and will excuse the following students from class while they pursue their interests in the library.

The Inspirational author of fun series and nonfiction books

Dear Teacher, 
Remember when learning occurred beyond the walls of the classroom? I’m sure you cannot blame these students for wanting to read. Thank you for allowing them to enter class without hassling them. This will aid in helping them conceptualize that you really were a child once a long time ago. 
The author
Dear Teacher, 

I confess. It’s all my fault. I believe if I write good books, students will read them. I apologize for writing such dog-gone fascinating books that the students forget to return to class. 

The author

Dear Teacher,

Statistics show that the amount of free-choice reading students engage in directly impacts their reading abilities. 

Please join the following students in the library to explore the great new series I have written. Your participation and modeling of reading is an essential part of a well-rounded education. (And you might actually enjoy the library books)

The author

Would you like to help me write more? Please comment below. Remember the darn comment code needs to be in all-caps.

Comments

  1. Michael Dahl says:

    Hmmm, I think I’d go with the first one. I don’t want to tell anyone that their class is boring! I actually loved Science and Geometry (along with English) when I was in school. Although, looking at the third option, I don’t mind being called an “Inspirational Author.” That’s quite a goal to reach for.