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Feb 13, 2016 8:56pm

I am having a difficult time preventing a few of my sixth graders from cheating on tests. I have a few ideas, but please share.

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    • Feb 17, 2016 5:53am

      In addition to Jewel's idea, if you're pressed for time to make alternate versions of the activity/test, how about re-arranging the room so they have a test-taking position/mode. This is more useful if you have rooms with individual desks. If you have a room with tables, get partitions or dividers. Some teachers used binders/folders while others have used something more sturdy and stable.

      • Feb 16, 2016 5:15pm

        You might try handing out several different versions of the same test.

        1-Students won't be able to glance and find answers
        on an adjacent test.
        2-Such an arrangement may reveal cheaters who've
        never been identified.
        3-Having 3 or 4 versions of the same test might make
        grading less monotonous.

        • Feb 27, 2016 9:02am

          I agree with Jewel and Michael. I teach high school and all of my students are refugees or immigrants. What we call cheating, some kids from other cultures simply think of as "helping." So, I almost always use 3 or 4 different versions of a quiz/test plus I use partitions since my kids sit two to a table. I will also sometimes walk around and use spray cleaner to wipe off the pencil marks (answers) from the tables before a quiz. I also arrange the tables in a specific pattern for testing so that they get into test mode quicker. I will even separate students that I know will "help" each other. Sometimes I make sure that no two kids sitting next to each other speak the same first language. By frequently moving multiple students, it seems less like I am singling out any specific students. Then, I walk around and watch them very closely during testing. When I catch a cheater, I call home and let parents know that this is a serious infraction. Then, I assign them to After School Detention during which they have to retake the quiz.

          • Feb 29, 2016 1:31am

            Try involving the whole class in a staged scenario that would depict the future life of a student who cheats and one who studies and ask for assistance if needed, and hopefully gets. place the students that are cheating in the role of the non cheating student. This might work for students in early stages of this practice of cheating, so earlier the better. Maybe put a whole school skit on stage with selected individuals involved.

            • Apr 23, 2016 9:30pm

              I have also began using different versions of the test. I plan on taking a different approach to the different version ideal.
              I recently gave students a list of test questions. The day of the quiz each student will receive a sl of paper with 6 numbers on it. Students are responsible for answering those six questions.

              • Apr 23, 2016 9:23pm

                I like the idea of partitions and have used them in the past. I need to look for some that are not paper or difficult to write on, because the problem has been students writing on them. It is possible to assign students partitions, which mighty discourage writing on the partitions.

                • Apr 26, 2016 5:04pm

                  Glen, that's a great idea! I'm going to remember that one! Reminds me of teachers who allow students to choose from a menu of test questions.

                  Giving students choice is empowering and more engaging -engaging enough to curtail cheating! : )

                  • Apr 30, 2016 9:04am

                    Although I'm not sure what/how you are testing (vocab, reading comprehension, multiple choice, etc.), perhaps some sort of project-based or open-ended assessment may help reduce the cheating. I believe someone already mentioned providing students with choices, but I would second that as well.

                    • Apr 30, 2016 11:34am

                      Perhaps you could take note of those who are cheating most frequently and move them closer to your desk. Usually kids who are closer to the teacher don't attempt cheating because they're afraid they may notice.

                      • Aug 26, 2016 11:17pm

                        I have been personally touched by the truth in Eric's submission. We often blame the children for our failure to discover our own weakenesses