3 simple strategies to prevent cheating in school

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We recently wrote about cheating in school and our responsibilities as teachers to create assignments that don’t lend themselves to cheating.

But even then, students can cheat or plagiarize. As teachers we can instill in our students a sense of personal responsibility, of ethos, and it’s pretty easy to do.
  1. Avoid loss-framed statements, such as “If you cheat, you will get a zero.” Research shows that these statements may temporarily prevent cheating but do little in the long-run. Instead frame your statements in a positive manner.
  2. Teach character. Remind students that even minor cheating infractions, speak to their character and trustworthiness.
  3. Reinforce positive behaviors, such as being honest and have students reflect on their own principles and values.
So instead of threatening students with zeroes and office referrals, a more effective anti-cheating policy is to remind students of who they are, how they want to be seen and who they want to be.
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