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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 10, 2013

The Truth Will Set You Free

I am currently working on a professional ethics unit with my level one class. We had a good class discussion on Friday about character. Monday, we discussed some copyright terms. One of the terms we highlighted was plagiarism- a term with which students are all too familiar. I asked the students if anyone has every plagiarized in the past. Perhaps the admissions to this question were to be expected, and the results certainly did not disappoint. Nearly every student in both of my level one sections raised their hands. I took the survey a step further and asked how many students currently plagiarize. Again, the response was surprising. Nearly half of both classes admitted to plagiarism as a current “practice.” I was shocked. Although I was floored by their honesty, I was surprised to hear that so many students are repeat offenders. Do I abandon my entire curriculum of video and film production and discuss ethical issues and the honor code until the year’s end? Is this simply another case and point that kids are going to do what they are going to do?


Dr. J said...

I think I would infuse ethics in everything I do throughout the year. Kind of like a "broken record" technique. I think some students don't really understand the concept and need concrete examples. Dr. J.

Chef Gar said...

It sad to think that they are not even embarrassed by the fact that they had plagiarized and even more sad that they didn't feel they did anything wrong. With the 'age of technology' its all to easy to copy and paste something and no one being the wiser for it. Pop stars take just enough of someone else's songs or words without having to pay for the rights, youtube is full of videos that are reproduced or captured without consent, and parents are either too busy or lack the knowledge to teach their children at a young age the morals and values that are so clearly lacking.