I was grading a precalculus assignment last night that involved some analyzation of sine and cosine graphs and equations. Nothing hard mathematically, but it did involve some thinking (which for some of those kids is hard!). I noticed as I was grading that there were several papers that had some of the same wrong answers. I pulled those papers out and compared.
Word for word. Number for number. Identical.
The first two I saw didn't surprise me greatly. But then I kept grading.
Two here the same.
Three here the same.
Two here the same.
From what I could tell, there are three different groups of identical papers.
Here's a couple:
See what I mean?!
My first instinct was zeros all around.... but then I know someone actually did the work and though I want to punish them for cheating, I also want them to get some points for doing something. So then I thought I'd see if the cheater(s) of each group will confess, then maybe I'll give the actual doer half credit.
I tweeted out my situation last night and got a few suggestions:
me: How do you deal with cheating? Just graded precalc assign and had 11 identical papers. Ugh.
From @PamLPatterson: Sorry,hate when they do that. Major assgnmts get referred to our Ethics Council. HW I usually talk w/individually&policy is to give 0
From @mackrellr: I'd go all Judge Judy on em 2 get them to admit their wrongs-like get em 2 confess why you'd even suspect them of cheating. still, they deserve due process & the punishment (student handbook) should fit the crime..
From @jamestanton: Give them completely different grades. How can they complain?
From @PamLPatterson: I like that idea! Give the first the grade it would be, then progressively lower the scores & observe. Are they jr & sr?
From @misscalcul8: Class discussion: compare and contrast group work with cheating. See what they come up with and write a rubric/guideline? Try it out.
From @whiteley: What is sch policy? Ours - 1st offense = zero + call to parents + 3 hrs detention. 2nd offense in same class = failure for the year.
Here's what our student handbook says:
1st Offense: No credit (zero) on the assignment and parent conference. A disciplinary referral will be placed in the student’s file.
2nd Offense: No credit (zero) on assignment and parent conference. Student will be referred to an Assistant Principal for additional disciplinary measures, such as Saturday school, and/or suspension from school.
Additional violations of this rule will result in additional disciplinary measures.
I guess I know what I need to do. Just hate to do it.