"Notice To All Students:
Leave the excuses at the door.
If you didn't do your homework, just admit it.
If you didn't understand the assignment, ask for help.
If you didn't study for the test, accept the grade and resolve to do better next time.
If you choose not to follow my rules, you must accept the consequences.
This is NOT a democracy.
This is MY classroom.
I am here for one reason, and one reason only:
To Teach You,
To Inspire You,
To Help You Grow.
I'll do my part. The rest is up to you."
I printed this out on polka dot paper because that matches my classroom theme. I will frame it and place it near the door of my room. It lets students know that excuses are not accepted! It promotes responsibility for their own choices and actions.
I've uploaded the generic original so that you can print it out on whatever type of paper you want. The margins are 1.5 all the way around.