For the older kids, at the end of each course book we are supposed to give a final test that focuses on listening, grammar, and vocabulary. Last week I was giving a test to one of my classes and as the test was going on I was circulating the room helping some kids who needed some help when I saw some students’ eyes begin to wander.
I immediately knew what was going on. They were cheating! It was so funny to watch because I did most of those same moves back in the day; the quick peek, the stretch and yawn, the look at your watch, the straight up sharing answers, etc. I just want to say how shocked and appalled I am that these kids don’t take more care in their craft.
When I “allegedly” (no charges have ever been brought against me, nor have I ever been accused) cheated I would have at least waited until the teacher turned their back to me or wasn’t looking. These kids were pretty bold. I guess the old adage, “if you’re not cheating your not trying” really holds true here.
But it made me think. Was I really as good as I thought I was? I was never caught, but how many times did a teacher see my eyes wander and do nothing? I decided to repay the favor/luck I had received over the years, and let their infraction go.
Does that make me a good person and a bad teacher, or a bad person and a good teacher? Feedback is welcomed.