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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What was She Thinking!

Last week in my intro class we were studying legal & ethical responsibilities in health care. One of the worksheets was a "Moral Beliefs" questionnaire. I gave this as a homework assignment. The questions were very individual, not to be graded. More of a reflection of what and who is important in your life. Today, on our flood day I was reading the returned papers. Two of my students had the EXACT same responses. One of the students is from an MOID classroom. She has short term memory issues and some poor coping skills, but really tries hard. The other student has high B's and A"s in all academic classes. She is occasionally disruptive in class, but appears to be bright. The answers were obviously written by the MOID student. Poor sentence structure, uncompleted thoughts, and rambling. Every world was exactly the same on both papers. The kicker for me was the last question answer. Name the 3 values you admire most. You guessed it- honesty was the first one given. Cheating on an ethics paper. If you feel that it is ethical to do this, what will you do if a wrong medication is given, a mistake is made and a patient dies. What do we do to teach this to students- or can we? Now to deal with the situation when we go back to school.


ZELDA said...

Girl they will try to cheat you must always walk around the room or stand in back of the class. I always do that and they should have nothing on there desk but test and pencil . This works!!!!!

Ginger said...

Poor Emily. That is so sad that such a bright student would lower her standards to cheat. I just had a lecture on cheating with my students. I explained that if they do not know how to find answers on their own, then they will struggle at a job and if they allow someone to cheat off of them then don't be surprised when a co worker steals your idea and presents it to the boss before you do. You can only be mad at yourself when the other person gets the promotion and raise.

That is ironic that she cheated on a morality assignment. So sad, so sad. I hope you were able to give her a zero. I have a no tolerance policy but that does not always fix the problem. Sadly enough, I gave out several zeros last year and still had the same problems with the same students until I got the parents involved.

GOOD LUCK!!!! You could always just pick up your cellphone and leave the room while they are talking to you. That might get their attention :)

Tonya said...

Emily, I have wondered the same thing! How do we teach them honesty and integrity? I'm not really sure. I know that I talk about it all the time in my class and incorporate it into many of my lectures. It seems impossible to get them to understand the real importance of being honest!

Something else that I have noticed is that my students with "special needs" often do better on assignments than many of my students that aren't "special needs". It seems that sometimes some of the students tend to be somewhat l-a-z-y! I believe laziness and cheating go hand in hand. I try to get them to understand that in the real world, lazy does not = success!