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Cheating on the Rise

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As competition for college acceptance, top grades and academic pressure increases, so does the incidence of cheating. Struggling students are often the ones cheating, but they aren’t alone. Studies have shown that high-achieving students cheat as much as their peers.

In a recent study, two-thirds of middle school students polled admitted to cheating on an exam, while an alarming 9 out of 10 students said they have copied or allowed another student to copy their homework.

Cheating happens in many forms, including glancing at a neighbor’s paper, copying homework, using crib notes, plagiarizing the internet and using cell phones during tests.

What can a teacher do to curb cheating in the classroom? Here are some tips:
• Studies have shown that students who feel supported in the classroom are less likely to break the bond of trust through cheating
• Collect all cell phones before tests
• Separate students with a seat in between during tests
• Encourage parents to have open conversations about grades with their children
• Establish and enforce a zero tolerance strategy against cheating

What are your experiences with cheating in your classroom?

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