Low Expectations for Tomorrow
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|Tue, 09-08-2009 - 9:32pm|
Today I handed back their first research projects of the year. As usual there were plenty who plagiarized, which meant quite a few tears.
I'm not an English teacher so I don't have time to go over and over what plagiarism is. I try to give them a basic understanding, but I don't know how to make it any plainer than "Put everything in your own words." I give them hints how to ensure they don't. Furthermore I tell the kids if they're not sure, bring me the paper about a week in advance, and I'll look at it for them. But this is a college-bound class, so they have to learn how to write now. What if that was a zero in a college class (especially those that only give 4 or 5 grades)?! So I expect tomorrow I'll be getting a lot of phone calls from irate parents. Fun, fun, fun...