Some of my PE studnets are cheaters...need some ideas

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  1. PEteacher07

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    This is how my after school running club works. We have a 1/4 mile field that the kids run around. For every lap we (parent volunteers and I) give them a tally mark on their hand. They will sweat off washable marker so we have to use permanent marker. At the end of class, I have responsible 5th grade volunteers who record the laps on grade level logs and then I enter the mileage on a spreadsheet in my office. Last year between timed mile runs, extra mileage run on free days, and races, my school logged over 3,500 miles for the year!

    1. I have caught kids who said they were going into the to get a drink doing so, but then going around to the other side of the gym and sneaking in with the other runners to get tally marks that they didn't earn. It INFURIATES me to see kids who think it's okay to cheat like this.

    2. I think some kids are getting tally marks, getting a drink, then coming back and saying they didn't get their tally marks so they are getting an extra mark for a lap that they didn't do.

    3. There were rumblings today about a student bringing their own marker on the course and marking peoples hands on the track but I didn't catch who it was.

    4. I walk down and around the track most of the 40 minutes I am out there watching the kids b/c some of them get pretty rowdy and have their hands on others. There 60-70 kids out there so I can't catch everything. I think I need to come up with a mapped out discipline system for kids? I haven't had to do that before, but I think the time has come. :help:

    The main problem is that I don't get much help from parents. I have asked for parent help and a couple may come and mark hands, but that is it. The other parents just sit in their car in the air conditioners and watch. At times I feel somewhat overwhelmed. That is what our parents do during our field day too. They don't help to volunteer and run the stations, but they will sure follow their kid around and take pictures. arghh...

    My running club is really popular so I have tons of kids who have joined but I can not do this alone anymore. I worry that if I can't get help, that I won't be able to allow new members to join and as a runner, I would HATE to do that.

    I know my system is flawed and needs help. I want suggestions...lots of suggestions!!!!!!
     
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  3. MorahMe

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    Give them index cards to wear on lanyard around their necks. Use different shaped hole punchers-different ones on different days, with no predictable pattern-to make cheating harder.
     
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    Have a training for volunteers. Explain exactly what their role is.
     
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    You could also use different colored markers on the index cards. Most of the cheaters won't have a yellow marker because that won't show up on their skin, but it will on the index card.

    You could also buy a small set of rubber stamps with different designs and stamp their hands.

    Bring water out to the track in a cooler (if possible). That way, they don't need to go inside.

    Only allow ONE runner at a time inside to use the bathroom. Make sure that runner knows (s)he must come back to the Start/Finish line (or any other specific point) before resuming their run. Send a parent volunteer inside with the student (as long as it is not their own kid). Have them escort the student back when they're done.
     
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    I have been doing what you are doing for almost 20 years. I know all the tricks. Some kids really sweat and they come off. Some touch a dot and make another dot with that ink. I don't have places to hide for some of them but what works best is ME doing the dots for the most part. Have you tried the fitness finder stuff for incentives? Our kids love those little feet and number charms to wear. 60-70 kids is quite a few to watch.
    Sounds like you need at least one other adult. If it is club I am giving last warnings to those kids that are hitting and shoving.
    I have two rules. One of them is keep hands and feet off of others.
    OH yeah, get some binoculars to keep an eye on those furthest away.
    Make it clear that if they are doing inappropriate stuff they don't get a dot for that lap and/or make them sit for 5 minutes.
     
  7. JustMe

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    I think the cards might be a pain for the runner and tally-maker, but if you do cards you could also make a customized VISTA PRINT stamp! :)

    Could you require students run with a small water bottle and eliminate the water breaks, thus the cheating? I hate carrying my water when I walk (yeah, once every few months I get all inspired), but it wouldn't kill them.
     
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    One of my kids was cheating on his laps, they put unifix cubes on a clothespin for every lap they do, and he marked that he did 10 laps in about 5 minutes of recess... ummm... NO!

    I'd already warned him once, so I erased ALL of his laps in my notebook - 2 weeks worth! I told him that now I couldn't be sure he really did them. No cheating since... hopefully the lesson sticks...
     
  9. PEteacher07

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    I encourage them to bring their water bottles but they have to leave them by their backpacks. If they carry them on the track, they start squirting water on each other. Been there, done that!!
     
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    Can you do something where in order to get credit for the lap, it must be checked BEFORE drink/bathroom break? That would at least eliminate the people trying to get 2 credits for 1 lap.
     
  11. Aliceacc

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    I don't suppose you would assign them a LONG report on Rosie Ruiz, would you??

    Seriously, I think I would publicize THIS:
    "My running club is really popular so I have tons of kids who have joined but I can not do this alone anymore. I worry that if I can't get help, that I won't be able to allow new members to join and as a runner, I would HATE to do that."
     
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    Have a volunteer parent stand at the entrance point to the bubbler (water fountain).
     

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