This seems to be a reoccuring theme...

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Registered: 04-21-2008
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.


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Wed, 09-09-2009 - 11:48am

If the answers aren't the same, I'd assume they were just discissing their ideas, proofreading or what most call collaborative learning. Talking about an assignment together isn't necessarily cheating unless one had an eraser in hand ready to change her answers at the direction of the other.

Sherry

 

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Wed, 09-09-2009 - 10:31pm

I worked things out with the two girls and that's all smoothed over. The plagiarizer...he's in for a shock tomorrow. His behavior is plain, flat-out lazy. He thinks this class will be easy and he won't have to do any work to pass. He's got absolutely no wiggle room to fail this class because it's senior level. They can't make it up, and I'm going to explain it to them again tomorrow when they take their quiz.

Our school didn't necessarily ban the speech but I believe the administration did record to view before showing it to students. Fair enough, I guess but I'm still sickened by the number of people who are holding on to out-dated dogma and racism.


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Thu, 09-10-2009 - 1:29pm

Yeah! What a shame that someone can't indoctrinate these kids to have pride, motivation, self-confidence and the ability to think for themselves and set goals for success.


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Sherry

 

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Thu, 09-10-2009 - 9:56pm

I understand. I've had to deal with plagiarism this week. I don't even teach English! I think the students assume that if it's not an paper for English class, it can be plagiarized. When I said, "You plagiarized," to more than one student, they just shrugged and said, "Yeah, I did."

But here are my 2 favorite excuses:
1. It was a historical fact. (Uh, so? I know you can't change names and dates, but the rest of that sentence can be rephrased!)
2. I changed 'Christopher Columbus' to 'he'. (What about the rest of the sentence?)

I wish our school had a disciplinary policy for things like plagiarism, but heaven forbid an athlete might not be able to play this week. So we don't do things like that...

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