This seems to be a reoccuring theme...
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|Tue, 09-08-2009 - 11:26pm|
I had another teacher come to me today with an assignment I gave my sophomores last week. She said she caught two of my students "cheating" on a homework assignment for my class. Neither of the girls had answers which matched with the other and one of them even came into me later this afternoon to talk to me about it. She's not a student I would ever expect to cheat so I have no problem giving her full credit. I don't believe the other student would cheat, either. I feel terrible because it feels like I'm being forced to take sides here. I feel as if I need to pull these girls aside and apologize for what happened. I have trouble justifying giving both of them a zero when their answers were clearly not the same, but I also don't want undermine the authority of my co-worker.
And, on top of this, I had a senior blatantly copy an example paper I gave out to help them write their first technical writing sample. I think several of my seniors are setting themselves up to be in danger of not graduating and it's only the third week of school. *sigh* I'm going to try the "shame" approach on this one: I'm going to send a letter to his parents explaining what he did and why he'll be in mandatory study hall and on the discipline policy. I'm hoping perhaps this will cue the rest of the students into the fact I won't be tolerating this sort of behavior this year.