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Teacher Gets Petty Revenge On Lazy Students Who Thought They Could Cheat On Every Test
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Teacher Gets Petty Revenge On Lazy Students Who Thought They Could Cheat On Every Test

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We all know that cheating is wrong. It shows a lack of character. It’s unfair to your classmates. It’s disrespectful toward the entire academic community. And it disappoints the people who invested in your education. However, this doesn’t deter some students. They think that they can ‘easily’ get away with bending the rules.

However, some educators don’t take this sort of behavior lightly. Case in point, redditor u/C05m1c-VagRant revealed how they messed up their students’ plans to cheat off each other in a simple but creative way. Read on for the story in full. Bored Panda has reached out to the author via Reddit, and we’ll update the article as soon as we hear back from them.

Some students believe that they can get away with cheating on tests

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One substitute teacher went viral after sharing how they put an end to their students’ constant copying off of each other

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Some students feel pressured to get good grades at all costs; others want to take the easy way out to save time

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There are lots of different reasons why students might choose to cheat. Though it’s easy to empathize with the young adults in most of these situations, it still doesn’t excuse cheating.

The students might not have prepared enough for a test. Perhaps they don’t understand the material they’re working with, or they have an overwhelmingly unfair academic workload.

They might be under enormous stress to get excellent grades, whether due to parental expectations or the requirements to get into a good college. Or the staff at their school or university are underqualified, demotivated, or burned out and can’t teach the material properly.

Or… the students might simply be lazy, entitled, and unwilling to study.

How you try to solve the problem is going to depend a lot on the specifics of the situation. For example, if the workload is genuinely unrealistic, the academic institution may need to rework the curriculum.

Similarly, if the teaching staff lack motivation and have little to no experience, the school or university needs to take measures to train them and offer them fair compensation. Alternatively, they need to look for additional capable educators to join their institution.

All of these changes require flexible and agile school administrations. Not only do they need to acknowledge that there are problems, but they also need to be proactive enough to fix them.

Educators need to set very clear expectations and take a strict stance on cheating

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Things get a lot murkier when you’re dealing with deep-seated laziness. Motivation has two sides. Yes, the staff needs to find ways to make education fun, relatable, and engaging. On the flip side, the students also have responsibility: they have to be willing to put in the work to learn the material.

Teachers need to talk to their students about the benefits of working hard, smart, and fairly. They have to emphasize how the end goal isn’t just good grades but developing a good work ethic. One that is going to benefit them throughout their entire lives. Meanwhile, it might also be useful to emphasize how these sorts of decisions (i.e. to cheat vs. to have integrity) reveal a person’s values and character.

On top of that, they could talk to their students about how cheating is only a temporary crutch. At some point, they’re going to get into a lot of trouble by bending the rules.

Whether or not the students are open to hearing this info will depend almost entirely on their relationship with their teachers. We tend to be more willing to listen to someone whom we admire.

Essentially, this means that a teacher’s job goes beyond the curriculum. It’s about being a mentor and a role model. It’s about creating a sense of trust and mutual respect.

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However, developing that sort of rapport takes months and even years. And it’s not something all educators are willing to do if they’re feeling underappreciated and underpaid.

According to research conducted by Dr. Donald McCabe from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, students want educators to clearly communicate expectations and encourage them to abide by non-cheating policies. Moreover, students would like the academic staff to develop consistent grading policies and punish cheating in a strict but fair manner. They’d also like it if institutions took steps to remove the opportunities to cheat, as well as replace incompetent and apathetic teaching assistants.

Many people found the story interesting, so they shared their thoughts in the comments

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tanne82 avatar
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't understand why this is worth to write about... when I was in school there were nearly always 2 to 4 different tests for the class and most teachers watched like an eagle if you tried to change them so you sat next to each other with the same test

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"It was as easy as figuring out how much flour you need to make a cake for 8 people instead of 5. THAT easy." Chuckles in dyscalculea uncomfortably. Suuuuuper easy. Those lazy kids...

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dyslexic here!! Oh lord, I remember clearly my Nan showing me how to do that type calculation while she was baking a cake and in that situation, it was easy to figure out and remember. A week later trying to do it in my maths class back at school, kept messing up.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Passing out different versions of a test is not petty revenge at all. It's and often-used standard procedure to cut down on cheating.

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Tyranamar
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah. It kind of bugs that this is written like it's some brilliant idea she just thought up. I can't believe in all her years of schooling she'd never seen this tactic used before. Should pretty much be standard procedure. Also, she should be monitoring the class while they're taking the exam. They shouldn't be able to just lean over and cheat. The first one you see you give a warning. The second one you take their test and flunk them, loudly, to the whole class. Problem solved. And the whole super easy like a recipe thing is c**p. Changing a recipe from 5 people to 8 people is hard. She doesn't seem to get that. I wonder why her students seemed uninterested?

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tanne82 avatar
Me
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't understand why this is worth to write about... when I was in school there were nearly always 2 to 4 different tests for the class and most teachers watched like an eagle if you tried to change them so you sat next to each other with the same test

juliestevens avatar
Giraffy Window
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"It was as easy as figuring out how much flour you need to make a cake for 8 people instead of 5. THAT easy." Chuckles in dyscalculea uncomfortably. Suuuuuper easy. Those lazy kids...

tamiko-natsu avatar
Tamiko
Community Member
1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dyslexic here!! Oh lord, I remember clearly my Nan showing me how to do that type calculation while she was baking a cake and in that situation, it was easy to figure out and remember. A week later trying to do it in my maths class back at school, kept messing up.

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LaserBrain
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Passing out different versions of a test is not petty revenge at all. It's and often-used standard procedure to cut down on cheating.

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Tyranamar
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah. It kind of bugs that this is written like it's some brilliant idea she just thought up. I can't believe in all her years of schooling she'd never seen this tactic used before. Should pretty much be standard procedure. Also, she should be monitoring the class while they're taking the exam. They shouldn't be able to just lean over and cheat. The first one you see you give a warning. The second one you take their test and flunk them, loudly, to the whole class. Problem solved. And the whole super easy like a recipe thing is c**p. Changing a recipe from 5 people to 8 people is hard. She doesn't seem to get that. I wonder why her students seemed uninterested?

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