What am I doing wrong?
Am I not assertive enough?
Do I seem like a total flake?
Do my words have any weight or value?
Do people think I’m naïve and just plain stupid?
Do my intentions seem capricious and self-serving?
all this self-doubt is very unappealing, I know!
but I am honestly…
what brought all this on?
well something quite common and even dumb: two PLAGIARIZED essays
really, plagiarism brought to me by my students (plus some other STUFF from PEOPLE that I won’t write about here…AT LEAST NOT TODAY) has made me question myself, the way I am seen and interpreted and the value of my ultimate goal or even the goal itself…
should I not want THAT MUCH for my students to excel?
Am I expecting to much from them?
Is taking this, all of this- the plagiarism, my courses, their achievement- PERSONAL, the wrong way to go?
OMG! YES, YES and I HAVE NO CLUE…I don’t know any other way of doing it
I need to rethink my strategy…
…and have a chat with the principal about sanctioning cases of plagiarism
thanks for putting up with my rant, hugs people
WELL, I’m glad I got all rattled up about this and that I took it personally…
I got to class and spoke my mind, of course not before asking them if they knew what PLAGIARISM is…
several of my students answered: plagiarism is when you copy someone’s work…
Yes, but what else…silence
suddenly a girl said: and pass it off as your own words…
and another person added: yes, it’s to take credit for someone else’s work…
then I started: it’s a felony, it’s unethical, it’s dishonest and disrespectful to the original author, who might not even know about this…but it’s apecially disrespectful to your reader, that in this case that reader is ME, however, I’ll accept part of the responsibility, a little, itty, bitty part.
I admit that I didn’t talk to you about PLAGIARISM when we started our first writing assignment,
believe me I’ll never again fall into the supposition that my writing workshop students know that plagiarism is a NO-NO
OK, imagine this:
You go shopping, you can only spend your allowance, you pick a few outfits, go to the checkout counter and find that you can’t take everything, will you steal the stuff that you couldn’t afford?
because stealing is bad!!!
When the class ended I bumped into some fellow teachers and we got to chatting about this.
They’ve also had this situation and we agreed to uniform our strategy…
we don’t want this to become a way of life despite it shamefully being a common attitude in our beloved country
this is not the end of this but I’m glad it happened…
some lessons are learned the hard way:
LESSON 1. PLAGIARISM and how to avoid it!
btw, a fellow blogger, Stu, posed this question for me: Why does plagiarism happen?
I asked the perps (jeje) and they all said: LACK OF INSPIRATION
I’ll just leave it at that 🙂
hugs lovely people