Having just finished my first year teaching, I've been reflecting a lot on how the year went. One thing that has been on my mind a lot is the problem of plagiarism. I think many of my students don't really understand how serious plagiarism is. We talk about how it is passing off someone else's work as your own, whether you copy it exactly or change some words around. Kids verbalize that they get it, but their actions don't confirm that. I can't tell you how many times I've caught kids in my class copying worksheets, homework assignments, special projects... you name it. They even copy during quizzes and tests. Here's an example: I accepted an extra credit assignment from one of my upper-level students. She's very studious, polite, cooperative, and a generally good student. As I was reading her PowerPoint, however, I began to wonder whether I was actually reading her words. Well, after a very short search online I located the bulk of her presentation--on Wikipedia! I've had students sign "honor codes" at the bottom of big assignments, but that didn't work out very well. I'd watch students copy the entire assignment when they thought I wasn't looking (like during the morning announcements), and then watch them sign the honor code. It's like their name and their word mean nothing to them. In talking with other teachers at my school, I've been advised to do only creative, open-ended assessments like essays and posters. The problem for me is that, as a foreign language teacher, I need students to practice things like conjugating verbs and declining nouns. They just HAVE to do that in order to learn the language. Don't get me wrong--I love essays and assign them with some frequency in my class. But when it comes down to learning how to make a Latin verb passive, you just have to know how to do that. And you learn to do that by practicing it over and over. I feel that assigning homework which is harder to plagiarize isn't really the answer because it doesn't address the bigger problem of why students feel that it's okay to cheat, steal, and lie. What do you all do in your classrooms to lessen this problem? Or is it not a problem for you?