I had another rebel in class the other day.
Students were to be writing the rough draft of an essay in class. I have found that making them write in class reduces plagiarism. Most kids copy or download an essay from some website like FreeEssays.com . It’s not that hard to catch them because I can Google the essay too. I don’t like to be a “Gotcha” teacher though. I would prefer to use class time to help them through the writing process.
I was walking through the classroom and checking with students on their progress. I peered over Katerina’s shoulder, looked at her paper, and blinked three times. I thought I was having trouble with my eyes again. I was having trouble reading her essay. Then I realized, she was writing in Macedonian! I started laughing, which of course disrupted class for a minute. What a rebel!
Of course, Katrina has been an excellent writer all year. Plus, she always does her work. She turned in a great essay, in English, and I am pretty sure she did not pull it off a web site. (I talked with her mom.)