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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #180 on: February 10, 2013, 06:08:58 PM »
A colleague had a student who had a disability that allowed her to be tested in a room by herself. He escorted her to a small testing room across the hall from his classroom, and returned to the classroom. He looked out and lo and behold, she'd covered her testing table with the text, notebooks, and assorted other aids. Her excuse was that as a disabled person, she was allotted 'special accommodations' for the test. Which were for extra time, and taking the test in a private room, not having all the resources she could pack in a backpack!
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« Reply #181 on: February 10, 2013, 08:40:09 PM »
Not exactly student darwinism, but this one made it to Fark- albeit not for the reasons one would expect.

A 32 year old middle school teacher/coach got into trouble for sending very personal messages of a certain nature on his personal cell phone to his 20 year old girlfriend.

Yup, the reason it made it to Fark was because everyone was surprised that he would get into trouble for having the interactions with somebody over the age of consent.

Not only that- she had never been his student. Nor had she attended the school where he taught at. And if I remember correctly, she may not have even attended any school where he taught.

Things are strict nowadays.
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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #182 on: February 10, 2013, 09:13:44 PM »
Not exactly student darwinism, but this one made it to Fark- albeit not for the reasons one would expect.

A 32 year old middle school teacher/coach got into trouble for sending very personal messages of a certain nature on his personal cell phone to his 20 year old girlfriend.

Yup, the reason it made it to Fark was because everyone was surprised that he would get into trouble for having the interactions with somebody over the age of consent.

Not only that- she had never been his student. Nor had she attended the school where he taught at. And if I remember correctly, she may not have even attended any school where he taught.

Things are strict nowadays.
NONE of the school's business. They were both adults.
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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #183 on: February 10, 2013, 10:09:33 PM »
Question is, though, what was in the messages, and how did they get released to the public?  That might make a difference in how the schoolboard saw the situation.
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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #184 on: February 10, 2013, 10:19:08 PM »
Question is, though, what was in the messages, and how did they get released to the public?  That might make a difference in how the schoolboard saw the situation.

Teachers have been fired for writing romance novels before - someone reads their books, links their pen name to their real name and discovers that they teach kids, then gets all up in arms because they write about sex.  I would link to a story but it's depressingly common and I wouldn't even know where to begin  :-\

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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #185 on: February 10, 2013, 11:57:58 PM »
Question is, though, what was in the messages, and how did they get released to the public?  That might make a difference in how the schoolboard saw the situation.

Teachers have been fired for writing romance novels before - someone reads their books, links their pen name to their real name and discovers that they teach kids, then gets all up in arms because they write about sex.  I would link to a story but it's depressingly common and I wouldn't even know where to begin  :-\

Yes, I have commented in the past that they may as well get new teachers to sign a monastic oath because that seems to be the level of behaviour they are expected to uphold. It really bothers me that young teachers can't even go out and have a drink (*A* drink, mind you) without being cautioned. Thank goodness I'm a boring middle aged parent already.

I agree that the way they were released to the public may be relevant, but assuming the teacher was not at all party to their release their content is no-one's business but his and his girlfriend's.
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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #186 on: February 11, 2013, 02:14:01 AM »
I had a friend in college who was taking a introductory sewing class.  She already knew how to sew and had won several 4-H awards for sewing, so it should have been an easy A.  I was talking to her right before finals and she had just found out that a large part of the grade was based on class participation and she hadn't been attending class after the first week...oops!  However, as long as she turned in her completed final project she could at least get a C in the class.  Talked to her after finals and she had failed the class.  She was going to use her dorms sewing machine and it was broken.  I asked her why she hadn't called me to see if my dorms machine was available, or any of our friends in the other dorms.  Never even occurred to her.  She didn't last long at college.


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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #187 on: February 11, 2013, 03:02:33 AM »
Question is, though, what was in the messages, and how did they get released to the public?  That might make a difference in how the schoolboard saw the situation.

Teachers have been fired for writing romance novels before - someone reads their books, links their pen name to their real name and discovers that they teach kids, then gets all up in arms because they write about sex.  I would link to a story but it's depressingly common and I wouldn't even know where to begin  :-\

Judy Mays was one. Her local community discovered she wrote for Ellora's Cave and threw a fit.

I can still remember one mother quoted as saying "I don't want my son thinking about s3x in her class!" I immediately thought "He didn't know what she wrote until YOU told him - if he's thinking about s3x, it's your fault, not hers!"

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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #188 on: February 11, 2013, 05:06:48 AM »
goodness me can you imagine if a teacher "gasp" had children or "double gasp" was pregnant!!!!!!!elvenety! the corruption to our youth would be complete.

It does both infuriate and amuse me that people have the idea that teachers are not human.

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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #189 on: February 11, 2013, 08:36:43 AM »
Teachers have been fired for writing romance novels before - someone reads their books, links their pen name to their real name and discovers that they teach kids, then gets all up in arms because they write about sex.  I would link to a story but it's depressingly common and I wouldn't even know where to begin  :-\

I had a teacher who should have been fired for writing for Harlequin.  Not because it was a romance novel, mind you, but because her writing was just so bad she had no business teaching kids English.

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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #190 on: February 11, 2013, 09:14:31 AM »
A new one, just in this morning:

A student decided to triple dip on her use of a paper. In this case, the paper was submitted as a draft for my review.

One of the tools we use for reviewing papers is a web-based program that screens students' papers for originality. This student's draft paper returned a report of 100%, which means that it has been submitted before. I discovered that she apparently had an assignment due last night in her English course that required her to summarize a news article. The paper she wrote for my course required her to use journal articles, which she paraphrased in the paper. It seems she decided to save herself some time and effort, so she submitted this paper for the assignments in both courses.

First, she gets a SD award for submitting the paper to her other course first. Because of the originality report, I can document that the paper isn't original to my course, so she will have to rewrite it completely in order to receive any credit. Since she submitted it as a draft, I'm taking 50% off the top of her final version because she tried to double dip. She will have to rework the whole paper if she wants to receive any credit for it.

But that's not all. I discovered that she has earned an extra-special SD commendation for triple dipping. Not only did she submit the same paper to both her courses this term, but she also used the same paper she wrote when she first took my course last fall. You see, this is her second time around in my course. She failed the course with another instructor and is repeating it with me now. The instructor for her English course will clearly see from the originality report that the student recycled the paper from a previous term. This is highlighted by the fact that she left my course's title on the paper when she submitted it to her English instructor. Reusing a paper twice from a course she failed gives her the Gold Star SD designation.

In addition to her SD awards and commendations, she also earns a free pass to Student Affairs for disciplinary action.

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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #191 on: February 11, 2013, 11:25:34 AM »
Thought of another one that happened to me in eighth grade history class. We were supposed to divide into groups and each group would do a report on a different decade of US history. I had the option to form a group with some friends, that I always worked with; but for some reason, I opted to join a group with two guys I had never worked with before, who were somewhat sketchy in their level of scholastic commitment. (Yet they were still in the Honors section.) I mean, I know why I chose to be in a group with them--being 14 years old, we were constantly bombarded with messages about not snubbing people, reaching out to others, not being so clique-ish, etc.. I had a bizarre flash of social justice indignation and decided to work with the two guys who were stereotyped as being sketchy in their level of scholastic commitment.

And what I learned was that I should have just stuck with my friends.  ::) I have to say that they didn't cheat or try to get me to do their work for them. I researched and wrote my part properly, while they goofed around and came up with half-baked essays for their parts. We were doing the 1960s and they both wrote about drug use, except they said totally opposite things, so they hadn't even bothered to coordinate their papers. We had to read our papers aloud in class so everyone saw exactly how little effort they had put in. The teacher assured me he would split the grade for our group, giving me an A and the others a C or whatever.
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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #192 on: February 11, 2013, 11:50:04 AM »
I am always amazed by the number of people who register and enroll in face-to-face classes, and then don't bother to attend. Particularly when in-class participation is 10 - 30 % of the grade! I have this in two of my classes now, only on exam days does everyone show.

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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #193 on: February 11, 2013, 01:08:41 PM »
My personal SD was when I attempted to take a final after pulling two all-nighters in a row.  My mind was so fuzzy at that point that I'm surprised I didn't fall asleep during the test.  I got a C in the class and I'm pretty sure that if I had been rested I would have made a B.
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Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Reply #194 on: February 11, 2013, 01:59:06 PM »
Thought of another one that happened to me in eighth grade history class. 
You got lucky. MY 8th grade history teacher assigned me into a group with the 4 biggest slackers in class because 'you can motivate them to achieve'. In other words, I would protect my own grade by writing their reports as well as my own. They couldn't even be bothered to read the reports ahead of time so they didn't stutter and stammer over them. I got an A, but I lost all respect for the teacher who basically stuck me with doing her job after having given up on finding a way to motivate these guys to pass. And no, they weren't student athletes; I don't think any of them ever made it to high school, even. But they passed one quarter of American History.