5 BEHAVIORS YOU SHOULD AVOID WHEN TESTING

Preserve your rep... it's the only one you've got!

A very wise teacher once taught me that one’s reputation is to be prized and protected. As such he encouraged his students to remain above and beyond reproach in all our dealings.

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If it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, and quacks like a duck… It’s a duck!

The same goes for cheating. If it looks like a students is cheating, then the teacher/proctor will assume that he or she is cheating.

Cheating is not only the most egregious violation of academic integrity that exists, cheating is stealing. Cheaters steal from their classmates who worked hard at earning the knowledge that is being tested. More importantly they’re stealing from themselves. They rob themselves of the opportunity to learn. But when they cheat to avoid mistakes, there are no mistakes from which to learn.

I have been teaching for, well… a while. At my age, I knew what cheating looked like before many of my students’ parents were born. All teachers know cheating when they see it.

Avoiding these five behaviors when you are writing (i.e., taking) an exam will make sure that students stay above board, keeping their good reputations intact.

1. Keep your eyes on your own desk.

Though this one comes with a high “duh” factor, many students struggle at keeping their eyes in front of them. Many of these students are simply taking a mental break.

However, more often someone is trying to gain an unfair advantage by stealing the work of others, all while insulting the teacher’s intelligence by trying to be clever. The old pencil-drop ploy to steal a peek — lame! The yawning lean-back to glance behind you — weak! Teachers (and other students) know what these students are doing.

Remember that one’s reputation is to be prized and protected and students must remain above and beyond reproach at all time.

2. Get your wares prior to sitting for the exam.

If you will need a calculator, then come prepared. If you did not bring one, grab a classroom calculator prior to the beginning of the test. This goes for pencils, erasers, and notes as well. (A generation ago, forgetting a pencil meant taking a zero on the test.)

When a student leaves his or her seat, there is the distinct possibility (probability?) that he or she is trying to gain an unfair advantage by looking at the tests of every person he or she passes while out of the seat.

3. Don’t talk.

I know, I know… another “duh” factor piece of advice. Yet many students (the immature ones, in particular)  can’t NOT talk. Many are not trying to gain an unfair advantage. I love ’em, but many just can shut up.

Obvious whispering is assumed to be students trying to gain an unfair advantage, so remember that one’s reputation is to be prized and protected and you must remain above and beyond reproach at all time. If it looks like a duck…

4. Stay in your seat.

Testing also tends to cause ants in the pants. Many students suddenly need a tissue, a drink, a calculator, a pencil, etc. Testing is not the time to tend to these needs. If you’re sick stay home. If you’re toughing a cold out, bring one of those handy self-contained Kleenex packet. (If you know you have allergies, this item is a staple.)

Obviously what the cheater is trying to do is sneak a peek on other students’ exams.

If you’re innocent, remember that one’s reputation is to be prized and protected and you must remain above and beyond reproach at all time. If it looks like a duck…

5. Take care of business prior to the test.

This is another issue needs to be taken care of prior to testing. When writing the SAT Exam, students are not be permitted to leave the premises or look at a cell phone for 5 1/2 hours. Egads! Again, the obvious reason is that students leaving the testing room during the test could get outside assistance. Now, some students may just have to go to the bathroom legitimately. But these are called standardized tests for a reason.

Remember that one’s reputation is to be prized and protected and you must remain above and beyond reproach at all time. If it looks like a duck…

That’s more than my normal three points for a Thursday, but hopefully these pointers are taken under advisement. Remember that teachers are not trying to be a pain in your neck. They are trying to help you remain above and beyond reproach. Help them do it for you, not in spite of you.

Hey Sayre grads, can you name that teacher?