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Old 01-10-2020, 03:36 PM
 
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Student comes to my desk after a grammar test.
Student: Have you graded these yet?
Me: Yes.
S: Darn it. I wanted to put the right answer on number 2.
Me: ??? What do you mean?
S: I put the wrong answer so I want to put the right one.
Me: How do you know the answer is wrong?
S: Sally told me.
M: So, you want to go back and change the wrong answer you put to put the answer that someone else told you?
S: Yes.
M: Do you realize that's cheating???

Not to mention they aren't supposed to be talking at all.


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Old 01-10-2020, 03:50 PM
 
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What an idiot! Did he not realize he was cheating? I guess its alright since he told you the truth. Kids are sad/funny sometimes.
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:24 PM
 
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It takes all kinds!
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Cheating, and what objectively is cheating, is commonplace and allowed by a lot of teachers because they don’t want to deal with the inevitable bus wheels to their spines when parents complain to administrators.
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Old 01-11-2020, 07:07 AM
 
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Surly - I agree.

And I think it’s hard for young children sometimes to discern between cheating, helping, and getting the right answer any way they can - oftentimes thinking that will please the teacher or mom and dad.

What does and does not qualify as cheating needs to be explicitly taught.


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I've experienced this and it's much more commonplace these days than it used to be. I think that, because we have so much more emphasis on groupwork and collaboration, kids truly do not understand that it's not okay to get help during an assessment unless you spell it out very explicitly and even then habits are hard to break. I don't think this student would have come to you if s/he had realized it was cheating.

That being said, I do think that, because so much rides on test scores, some teachers look the other way when kids are cheating.
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What does and does not qualify as cheating needs to be explicitly taught.
***Agreed!***
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When I taught second grade I had a student that loved to read Curious George books with his (girl) friend.

We are taking the weekly Reading test, after five minutes he brings it up to me. I hand it back to him with the suggestion that he "double check it." Five minutes he was back with two check marks next to each question. I tell him "that's not what I meant." He says "it's what you said." I had him check over his test standing next to me.
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