You do not want to wrongly accuse a student. You did not see it with your own eyes. For all you know, the student may tend to have wandering eyes no matter what you are doing and student "A" caught them at a bad time. However, I would address it right away the next morning with both students so you are able to hear both sides of the situation. You do not want to address if in front of your class. I would pull the students out into the hallway for this conversation. You may have to go over the rules and procedures of the room and talk about how cheating on assignments is never right if the student admits to cheating. They will receive a consequence but you also want to cover any material they may not know which caused them to cheat in the first place. Depending on how severely they cheated is when you get the parents involved. If you can solve it quietly within your classroom, do so. It was probably a one time thing if it happened. However, if this behavior continues, you will want to get the parents involved.

I don't worry too much about truthfully. I know that it is going to happen and that student will most likely be acting out because of something going on at home. Sitting down with them and having a conversation about why it was inappropriate and explaining better ways to deal with the situation is always key. Depending on the situation I would either contact the parent if it was serious enough. But other wise I would encorage the child to deal with it on thier own and if it came up again, I would speak with the parent.

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I agree with Courtney that I would see if Student B has a tendency to cheat because then it would be a more serious matter of talking with that student one-on-one to find out what the problem is. It may be something like they just didn't know the answer or there's something going on at home that's preventing them from studying. (Taking care of parent, sibling, etc., too hungry,etc.) This article talks about hwo to prevent cheating within the classroom by giving tips such as arrangings desks in rows and sitting at the back of the room, or giving a shorter test/short essay responses.

In regards to the cheating scenario, how I would handle it would definitely depend on the students involved and as Sarah mentioned, their home life. I would first tell Student A "thank you" for coming to me with the concern, and ask the student to keep this a private matter; meaning don't discuss it further with classmates.

I am not sure how I would address Student B. I like Courtney's idea of using it as a teachable moment to the class, because the pressure starts to feel more real in fourth grade and the students may all be more inclined to cheat. If I were placed in a private school, I would tie in the Bible and a religion lesson about honesty and confession to God, stressing that any student who has cheated doesn't need to come to be and confess, but that they need to stop cheating and pray about it instead.

As I have said before, dealing with parents is what scares me the most. I have had many experiences, both wonderful and terrible, in talking to parents about their kids. I am kind of a "weenie" when it comes to it, but I have always managed to make it through intact. I think in all situations we just need to remember to pray, pray, pray because these gifts are from God and He is here to help guide and comfort us in difficult times. We are supposed to be practicing our "looks" but I also think I need to practice making parent phone calls!!

When it comes to the scenario Emily described, my teaching method to the students would depend on the students who were involved. For example, if Student A has the tendency to lie or if Student B has a running record of cheating.
Assuming that Student A is honest and Student B has no record of cheating, or being caught cheating, I would not address the students right away in the morning. Instead, I would address this situation as a teaching moment for the class. We would go over what cheating is, why it is wrong, what we should do instead of cheating and what to do if someone is cheating off you. I would not address Student B privately because I did not see anything and this is the first incident of this type, grace should be given. I also would not contact the parents because I do not know for sure if it actually occurred or not. Contacting the parents at this time would just be spreading rumors. If the cheating continues to occur then I will address Student B and their parents.

Hello Team Platypus! I hope you all had a great break.

You are a 4th grade teacher. At the end of the day yesterday, “Student A” came up to you and told you that “Student B” cheated off his/her math worksheet. You did not witness the cheating and other than the student’s claim you have no proof. Because the claim happened at the end of the day, you didn’t have a chance to talk with “Student B”.

How will you deal with “Student B”? (Do you address it right away in the morning? Do you deal with the situation publically or privately? Do you involve parents?)

After our simulation the other day, I am most worried about the parents. I know I can handle the child aspect of behavior modification, especially if good procedure is put in place. I have the "benefit" of having many friends with children and all parents are so, SO very different. There is no cookie cutter parent, just like all kids are different. You can be the best teacher you can be, and some parents still will not like you, listen to you, or back you up. When we were making the "pretend" phone calls, I tortured Emily as a helicopter mom. *(Sorry Emily!!) Sadly, these moms DO exist and often times they will avoid disciplining the child, instead offering to come help at school so they can micromanage. I have had this experience with a parent in the past and it was AWFUL. I did not have these resources in place to deal with it appropriately, and now I think I would do a better job at addressing the situation.
I worry that parents will intimidate me enough that they will attempt to modify MY behavior as I am trying to help their children grow and learn. This is what I am going to be praying about as I enter my last two semesters!

My biggest worry in regards to responding to inappropriate behavior is that my students won't really take me seriously when I tell them to stop behavior and this can definitely be resolved by following through on consequences against the rules such as staying in for recess or something like that. I also worry about if I'm being clear in the rules and consequences so if there is a behavior problem students can't be like, "Well we never talked about that..." or,"Well so and so did it." and I just happened to not catch it.

My biggest worry when it comes to responding to inappropriate behavior is that the students will not listen or respect what I ask of them. One way I can make sure students respect what I say is by following through with what I say. For example, if I tell a student they need to go calm themselves before they can participate in an activity, but then I let them participate without calming down then I am showing them I do not mean what I say. If this happens in a classroom, inappropriate behaviors will just continue to escalate.

Emily is the facilitator for chapter 12, but is having technology issues with Google +. She sent me her opening question so that your conversation could begin. Here it is...

As a teacher what is your biggest worry in regards to responding to inappropriate behavior?
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