What would be the best way to do this?

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  1. Texastoyz

    Texastoyz Rookie

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    I've got about a week until school starts up, then who knows how long until they actually call me for something. Anyway, I was watching a movie and it was about this kid in high school. Anyway, this kid allowed another kid to copy off of his paper during a test. The teacher saw them and immediately made them go to the office.

    Luckily, I've never had to experience that but I was wondering, if I do see that, should I just tell the kids to go to the office or have security come and escort them to the office? What do you think would be best?
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Confiscate the papers. Leave a note for the teacher. Notify the office of what you saw.
     
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    I would never send students who are in trouble to the office unescorted.

    Since you will be subbing, if you catch students cheating, I would collect their tests and leave them for the teacher with an explanation. The teacher probably has plans in place for just such an occurrence.
     
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    I agree with what has been said so far.

    Personally, I never leave a test for a sub. Mainly due to reasons like that.
     
  6. azure

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    I agree with the two who said take the tests and leave a note as to what you saw. When I'm asked to give a test, I watch them VERY closely, and if I see eyes wander briefly, I say, "Keep you're eyes on your own paper." Sometimes I walk around or just stand in the back of the room and watch them. It's also a good idea to make them put all other books & folders under their desk, as I've caught kids, opening a folder and looking at a "cheat-sheet."
     
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    I agree with what has been said previously about just taking up the tests and leaving a note. I tried to never leave tests/quizzes for subs; however, when I was an inclusion teacher some of the classroom teachers did. Just make sure that you are actively monitoring the classes as they take the test to prevent cheating in the first place.
     
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    In my school we don't send cheaters to the office.

    If I were a sub in the situation you've described, I would keep the tests in question separate from the other tests (like with a paperclip or sticky) and leave a note for the teacher. The teacher can handle it when he or she returns. I don't believe that a sub should attempt to handle a situation like that without knowing the school policies and norms when it comes to cheating. I also think that a sub should avoid doing anything that might escalate a situation, especially one like this that can reasonably be handled later.

    I agree that active monitoring, including giving clear instructions ahead of time, can prevent a lot of this sort of activity.
     
  9. microbe

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    Most teachers won't leave a test for a sub. I had that happen once, and surprise surprise, kids tried to cheat. Standing near the offenders stopped further cheating, which allowed them to finish their test. I then made sure to write down their names for the teacher and separate the cheaters' tests. I figured it was best to leave it up to the teacher to punish the cheating or not. If you take the tests away from the kids, you may have a disruption on your hands or an angry teacher (who may side with the kids).

    Best to play it safe.

    Edit: And I find cheating prevention to be the best policy. Kids won't cheat if you're circling the room and watching them - most of the time.
     
  10. Nietzsche

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    I gave at least one test a week last year while subbing not counting the four days that I subbed for an elementary class that was taking the state tests.

    I try to discourage cheating by walking around the room and stay mainly behind the students. If I think a student is cheating I will stand next to or behind them to let them know I saw them copying. That is usually enough to discourage anymore cheating. Some classrooms are difficult to prevent cheating. The worst are the science rooms with the long black tables. The students sit very close to each other and it is virtually impossible to prevent them from glancing at each other's test.
     
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    I leave tests for my subs. My tests are essays. They have the question ahead of time.

    At the very least, I would hope the teacher would take them and leave a note. Notifying the office would also be appropriate at my school.
     

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