My students challenge me!

In my last post, I mentioned that I gave my students a new type of questions with the aim of preventing them from cheating. My observation after I gave them these types of questions while still following some traditional strategies such as creating A, B versions, was quite fascinating. Students who had adopted the habit cheating failed my examination miserably. Yet still others tried relentlessly to play some dirty games.

 What they did was that they intentionally abstained from writing their names on their answer sheets. Their aim was probably to confuse me. But they were unsuccessful in this trick, because I made a quick comparison between the handwriting on their homework book and that of their answers on the sheets. Finally, I was able discover who own these papers. They were astonished, but they later understood that they were not smarter than their teacher. As the saying goes, “a school master was once a school boy.

 In conclusion, I would like to mention an important note of caution to my fellow teachers that we should not be naïve to some of the criminal strategies that some students might adopt in order to render education process meaningless. In addition to our academic achievement, we should be equipped with the necessary knowledge to deal with the psychology of these young students criminals. I remember when one of my students complained saying: “Please teacher help me someone has stolen my books!” Sometimes, some students even practice violence against teachers themselves. It is not uncommon for teachers to find the windows of their cars broken or other types of destruction. Headmasters and students’ supervisors are also in need to know how to investigate and take appropriate measures before the situation becomes uncontrollable.  We are in need of reading about school related crimes. I invite suggestions from readers on how to deal with minor and major challenges of students.

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4 comments on “My students challenge me!

  1. How much of these criminals are actually aware of the fact that they are committing a crime? I think this is the very first question we should ask ourselves. I know that there are lots of older students who know that what they’re doing is wrong, but I don’t think this is true for all students. I’ve had some talks with some students, younger ones, who didn’t know that they couldn’t copy their compositions from wikipedia or another site, for instance. They’d never learned how to do research, and many of their teachers had already accepted papers they’d written like that before. It’s much easier to avoid confrontation and pass the problem on to the next teacher, huh?!
    I agree with you that there may be students who have such a criminal mind, but this may also happen because of the environment they’re exposed to in our current educational setting – a grading means the world to them, regardless of what they’ve learned. I don’t think, though, that many students consider cheating as such a serious matter, and this is what should change. Instead of focussing on solving the problem, we could start by teaching them about research, studying skills and other things that will make them see no need in cheating in exams.
    Another solution is teaching students how to collaborate effectively, and then this wouldn’t be considered cheating, huh?!

    Cheers,

    Henrick

  2. I remember an article was written by One of the teachers. He said 3 of my students didn’t attend the test , and their excused was they had a car panecture.

    He accepted their excused and in their comming class he asked them to sit in far places from each other
    and wrote these questions

    1. which wheel was broken down?

    2. what time was it?

    3. where was the place at that time?

    he noticed that they had different answers.They discover that they are liers.

    * don’t give the student any chance to folish you
    They have to make sure that you know everything arround you.

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