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Great assassination technique

One of the surest ways to TOTALLY ruin my mood is to put me in the position of having to:
  • staple something to your assignment with a section highlighted ,
  • then highlight a portion of the submitted assignment
  • then write "No credit for plagiarized work" on the submitted question sheet.
Yes, you read that right--question sheet. They had to answer 8 questions on a short story. The student in question copied and pasted sections of the discussion in *Sparknotes* online for the answers.

It is particularly galling because she is smart, participates in discussions, and KNOWS BETTER.


So now her grade line is highlighted in yellow in the gradebook, and if she does it again she fails the course.


Grumpy now. Well, grumpier. I was already not in a wonderful mood, and this just makes it "ever so much better."




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Sep. 30th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry,
I don't feel bad for her. Welcome to the real world. The stunts she got away with in high school no longer apply. Especially if she's so stupid as to think that she could get away with her half-assed and lazy cheating.

I am offended that people are successful at cheating their way through school. It is wrong, and reduces the value of what other people did to get through school, study, write, and work.

Sep. 30th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
A+ for use of technology. My kids just look on each other's papers and then get it wrong because they looked at the dumb kid's paper.
Sep. 30th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you can console yourself that maybe this student actually *learned something* today, even if it wasn't quite what your class was intended to teach.
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
It is right up there with their surprise that they could be flunking because they never did it at all. I have been doing the 5-week reports, and about 15% of my students are failing already. You have to really work to fail in the first 4 weeks........
And yeah, some of the "smart ones" take the easiest way out, and seem surprised that I won't accept that, either.
Hang in there.
But please stop grinding - you will wear your teeth out if you keep this up.
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
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