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Re: [teacherartexchange] Cheating on a midterm


Date: Mon Jun 20 2005 - 17:51:02 PDT


You begin the third paragraph of your message, "I feel certain she should fail the midterm...," then continue, attempting to give her another chance. Not only did she not "do the assignment correctly," she didn't do it; she did not go to the museum. She also attempted to deceive you, then, when caught, came up with the lame excuse that "too many things got in the way."

Aren't AF personnel adults? If this student had been honest, even had let you know ahead of time she was unable to complete this assignment on schedule, and asked to do a make-up, I'd let her do so. She did have your email address, didn't she? So, no, I say she flunked the midterm.

Hang in there, be comfortable in your time frame, and enjoy your date!

Retired HS Art Teacher

> Hi, all,
> I'm teaching an art appreciation-type course for the community college
> this summer. It's a whirlwind eight-week odyssey, meeting two evenings
> a week. Most of the students are active-duty AF personnel (I'm teaching
> on base). The course is for credit.
> The midterm, which was handed in last Thursday, required visiting a
> local museum--I gave them a list of four to choose from--and write an
> aesthetic scanning paper on a work of their choice. Most did a good
> job, considering their level of experience, and most got into the
> experience (hidden agenda--make them realize that seeing art in person
> is an enjoyable experience; plus, it's literally and figuratively the
> coolest place in town when it's 108 outside). One student, however,
> obviously did not go to the museum; I visited over the weekend to see
> their chosen works in person, and her choice had been taken off
> display. When I looked at the musuem's Web page, that work was featured
> on the home page. I e-mailed her about it, and she admitted not going
> ("too many things got in the way.").
> I feel certain she should fail the midterm, given that she did not do
> the assignment correctly, and the obvious attempt to put one over on
> me. I was thinking about giving the class some extra-credit
> assignments anyway; maybe choose one, and only one, from a list of
> several. Our time frame is such that I don't want to grade a bunch of
> extra stuff on top of the regular assignments. Should I allow her to do
> two? Or let her be grateful for the chance to do one? If I decide not
> to give extra-credit assignments, should I allow her to do a makeup
> assignment? For maybe half credit? Any other thoughts?
> Maggie, who has a hot date with an Egyptian boy in L.A. on August 30;
> don't worry, I'll be properly chaperoned by my sister and cousin.
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