I teach 11-12th grade science and I try to have faith in my students when I can. On one of their end-of-the-semester projects, one of my students cheated. I don't want to go into details, but I didn't catch the act. Another student did and told me. I have zero reason to believe he would lie and I kind of even guessed who it was even before he told me her name (from past issues). Since I didn't catch her red-handed though, I am not going to make a big deal out of it. Frankly, I don't think it'll change her grade at all. The real kicker is that I only teach one period of "smart" kids. And this happened in that period. I talked to my department head about it and she said yeah get used to it. It's one of the reasons why she hates teaching the smarter kids. They are very conniving and creative when it comes to cheating. I mean it makes sense. Overall, it has me thinking and re-evaluating what I want in my career. I wanted to eventually move into teaching at my old high school in their magnet program. Behavior-wise, I know it will be a lot easier. But I'm kind of curious what the inherent challenges are coming with teaching older high school kids who are bright? Are the main problems dealing with the cheating and helicopter parents?