punishment for cheating

Indonesia
October 26, 2009 11:03am CST
some of my students do cheating. they copy their friend's homework, they look at their friends' answers while they're doing exercise, and they cheat when they're doing their exams. I know it is about self confidence. they don't have enough self confidence to do all the tasks by themselves. what I want to do is make them get their self confidence. so, what are the appropriate punishments for this case?
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@Craicha (802)
26 Oct 09
then give them fair punishment....dnt check there papers give them zero that for sure they can say you're serious for telling them no cheating and cheaters need to be punish.....
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@sagnik42 (3599)
• India
26 Oct 09
Am I to understand that you never cheated? Come on, it is such a fun. Taking a peek into your friends paper while the invigilator is looking the other way is an art in itself. How can you say that a person should get zero just because he has cheated maybe one line of his 10 page answer. Do you call that fair?
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@mommyboo (13262)
• United States
27 Oct 09
Oh it's fair, believe me. If you get CAUGHT cheating, a zero is all you deserve. Either you won't ever cheat again OR you'll wise up and not get caught lol.
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@sagnik42 (3599)
• India
27 Oct 09
So have you ever got a zero because of cheating?
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@Bluepatch (2482)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 Oct 09
Make them write out about 500 times on sheets of paper - " I HATE CHEATING EVEN THOUGH I DO IT. " Then see what happens. Cheaters don't like to cheat. Its the fear of failure that makes them do it. So they write that and it'll help cure them. I'm sure.
@mommyboo (13262)
• United States
27 Oct 09
Well gee, if you LEARN the information and practice it (assignments), THEN you won't have any fear of failure! I am appalled at the amount of teens who think everything is boring and there is no point to it. There IS a point, and they are only hurting themselves by blowing it off and not doing it.
@Hatley (107465)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jan 10
wesiati why not start making kids move two seats apart during exams so they cannot peek at each others papers. many years back when I was in school we had to do that and it stopped cheating completely.they who cheat should get fs to make it clear in their minds that cheating does not bring any rewards. what they need to do is study so they know the damned answers themselves and have pride in themselves. the cheaters must be shown that cheating brings bad results.Self confidence is gained by studying the work and learning it, thats the only way.
• United States
12 Jan 10
If a student gets caught cheating, give them an F.
@zzh728 (68)
• China
2 Nov 09
That has nothing to do with self confidence. Those students are lazy. You should more strict and careful.
• United States
31 Oct 09
I think it's more about being lazy than having low self confidence. Maybe you can have several different types of assignments so that the students wouldn't be able to copy each other. My teacher used to make her exams/homework three different versions and have them in different color, that way we weren't tempted to look at each others paper.
@taraelocin (1141)
29 Oct 09
If you are sure they cheated, e.g. if the papers are exactly the same, I'd make them all re-do it. You won't know who wrote the initial and who copied, but helping to cheat is cheating as well. This way they know they won't get away with it AND will do the work and learn something that way.
@aulius111 (332)
• Australia
27 Oct 09
It's not always about self-confidence. I myself used to look at others work usually just to compare my answer to there's. Give them a warning first but if its in an exam they should just get 0.
@kunizzul (1067)
• Malaysia
27 Oct 09
Hi wesiati. Well, I think most of student have cheating even once in their life. Mostly they like to cheat in exam. Actually, I also have done it. I bring along notes into the exam hall. Fortunately, I didn't get caught and well of course I got a good grade. Hehe. Well, now I know cheating in exam is not good. Now, I always says to myself to not bring any notes along into exam hall. But, for sure cheating in exam is fun because you know what most of others don't know. Hehe. So, if you want to punish the cheaters you must be a cheaters too. Tell them that their exam paper is lost and they need take a new one in front of you. So, now you know how they will cheat on you.
• Indonesia
27 Oct 09
tell them that is not right, after that give them a 'reward' another exams :)
• China
27 Oct 09
you can try to give different homework to every student.if my students do cheating for copying homeword,i will chat with him,and get the answer that why he do that.if possible,i will do over the homework with him in order to let the student really understand the answer for the homework.
@dods33 (119)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
Things would be better if their is no punishment for those cheater. Just give them a warning and try to convince them to have more confidence for their selves. Everyone commit mistakes and for students that's the most familiar mistake.
• China
27 Oct 09
When I was a student, I done the same thing, but not very often, sometimes when I don't have enough time to do my homework, I would do copy others' the next day, I know this is not good for me, but sometimes the homework is too much, and don't have time to do other things.
@gunagohan (3415)
• India
27 Oct 09
actually speaking, cheating in homework is not worth at all...i would never do that, i will submit a blank book rather than wasting the time by copying from my neighbor, but in case of exam it is an art, nobody has come across without seeing friends exam paper, it is also fun in the middle copying from neighbor's exam paper... actually in my college, they have camera'a in all exam rooms, but even we could exchange answers , but this is only for internal tests... we can never do that when we are writing University exams, once caught, have to forget the under graduation for three years... but copying in tests is not a crime and nobody deserve any punishment...
@mommyboo (13262)
• United States
27 Oct 09
Argh. Well, a lot of students cheat. The reasons vary, from the lazy unmotivated kids who don't feel like doing anything to the ones who crammed all night and then still draw a blank on a question here and there. Believe me, it is hard to stop yourself from glancing over if you know the person next to you already completed that question and you know they take good notes and complete their assignments and give the right answers when called on in class. Back when I was in school, I even allowed some of my friends to cheat OFF me because I didn't want them to fail. I know that wasn't a good thing to do, but when you're 16, you REALLY don't want your friends to fail. That would mean they got in trouble with coaches and maybe couldn't play football... or soccer... or track. Maybe they got kicked off dance team or weren't allowed to participate in the play. On top of that, many kids would get grounded or lose privelages once their parents found out they were failing. Anyway... I don't believe cheating is okay, yet it happens. As far as the homework, that's still going to happen. I don't see any way around that, and yes it DOES shortchange the student who is copying or having someone else write their papers or reports for them. It means they aren't gaining any knowledge at all, so of course they either have to cheat on a test (to pretend the work they did was really theirs) or they bomb the test and risk getting a terrible grade in the class. I would say the students who get CAUGHT cheating DO deserve to get a zero. If you aren't putting in any effort, then you don't deserve any reward. Sorry. I have been a student before, I am a student currently, AND I am a parent, so I have a lot of experience, past, present, and future to draw on. If you are having trouble, there are things like after school programs, tutors, working out a plan with your teacher, etc. It's really not going to help you in the long run to cheat. Maybe it seems that way because short term, it solves your problem, but after high school, that doesn't work. In college you are expected to do all your own work and to accomplish it in the time frame they give you. If you don't, you may fail your class. After that, same thing. If you cheat in a job, you'll be found out and fired. If you cheat on your spouse, they'll probably divorce you. Yep, cheating doesn't generally end well, and just because you get away with it for awhile does not mean it's ever an okay thing.
@zhouxi (1758)
• China
27 Oct 09
It's a bad habit for students to cheat in study.from normal,students seem to cheat their teachers and parents. in fact they cheat themselves.there are many reasons of it.different reasons should be dealed with different method.in our university.there is strict rule to avoid cheating.if you cheating in exam.you will lose your graduate qualification.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
When in college, I got this teacher who is very strict in exams. His ultimate rule is that "no copying allowed" and he stood for his rule. Have seen many friends flank on his subject by simply caught cheating. It yielded a negative impart of some of them but others make this a lesson to strive more on their studies. I think sometimes we have to learn the hardest lesson of life in order for us to become a better person.
• United States
26 Oct 09
Look the other way when they cheat on their homework. Sometimes students collaborate on their homework to help one another. And for those who are just lazy and copy someone else's answers, then not understanding the lessons when they have to take the test is punishment enough. When you catch students looking at other people's answers when they're doing in-class exercises, then just tell them to keep their eyes on their own paper. There's no sense in coming down too hard on them, because then you might just come off as mean and people who want help with the lessons may be afraid to come to you. For exams, you should have a zero-tolerance policy for cheating (if these are high school students). These people need to learn that they cannot get by through cheating. In college, they will fail the course if they are caught cheating, even if their work on their other assignments is perfect. So, in your class, if they are caught cheating on the test then you take the test from them right there and they fail the test. If the students are younger than high school age, then do what I mentioned before with the in-class exercises. If they're young, you shouldn't be too hard on them. Let them know cheating is bad, but don't punish them too severely. In order to help them with their self-confidence, just be encouraging. Let your students know when they've done a good job and congratulate them when they show improvement.
@solson (407)
26 Oct 09
Listen this is nothing to offend you, but i am a high school student. I know that when being in class where i have had to cheat the reason is because the class is boring. My advice to you is to make that class more fun. Also you want the kids to like you and be comfortable around you when they are not and i know when i am not i do not care and do not listen. Do not punish them for things like swearing just remind them. Also like i said make the class more fun!!!!