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  • Why should we base our schools’ cheating policies on such a presumption of guilt? When we use procedures to prevent cheating that impact non-cheaters, we contaminate their attitudes toward learning.
  • Consider that Turnitin.com uses our students’ work to enhance its database, which they then sell to other schools. When we require students to use Turnitin.com, we’re pimping our students’ writing and their intellectual efforts. It may be legal but it’s not right.
  • Some educators cite technology as the reason for an increase in student cheating. I can’t agree. I don’t think there are more cheaters today. Cheaters are going to cheat, or at least try to cheat.

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  • Teaching the Art of Reflection
  • How do we teach reflection? Paul Solarz, a fifth grade teacher in Illinois, recognizes that students need ongoing support and sees teaching reflection as a year-long endeavor that involves instruction and goal setting. He focuses on explaining larger concepts during lessons and then scaffolds the questions that he provides to his students and guides their thinking until they gain independence.
  • The student responds to a series of prompts from Paul and incorporates the videos captured during the experience. In the end, not only did the student capture the final performance of the science fair, but also the lessons learned along the way.

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  • Westerners in particular, with their Greco-Roman oratorical roots (think Aristotle and Cicero), tend to craft a verbal case and then declare their views to the audience. But sometimes it’s better to have a conversation, where other voices are considered and different views are exchanged.
  • When you’re leading a conversation, you open the door to a host of other challenges. You want to encourage people to share thoughts freely and honestly, but that also means you have to juggle multiple viewpoints, manage conflicts, and make sure everyone is heard.
  • Collaborate with sticky notes and flip charts. To encourage meeting participants to brainstorm and build on each other’s ideas, use sticky notes and flip charts to gather the information instead of having one person take notes on a laptop.

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