About Teacher Cadets

  • This blog was created for a student in a high school who is participating in the Teacher Cadet Program.

    The primary goal of the Teacher Cadet Program is to encourage students to consider teaching as a career. A secondary goal is to provide these students insights about teachers and schools so that they will be civic advocates of education.

    This blog was created for the student to share learning, insights, questions, and experiences they gain as they participate in the program. Links to other classroom participants are included.

    The class blog is located at: Teacher Cadets

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Hi Tavon,

I really enjoyed reading your posting, especially when you said:

“In my opinion if you don't have someone to lead you to the right path of not cheating and trying to always take the easy way out that will become a life long habit that will become harder to get rid of. I think as well as teaching the students about education and team sports they should also teach them that challenging your self will help you to succeed. Many have low self-esteem and tend to take the easy way out only because they don't challenge themselves and they fell that what they are doing is all they can be good at.”

Whew, teaching is really a complex activity isn’t it? There is teaching content (English, Math or History), and being a role model, and pushing students to always take on a challenge, yet making sure you’ve helped them with the skills they’ll need to be successful in the end.

I got to thinking about cheating and guiding students on the right path. When I was in college, we were on the honor system. There were no professors in the room when we took exams. If someone was cheating, another student stood up and asked the “cheater” to stop. Surprisingly enough, this was very successful. Do you think this could be a strategy now? (Why do I think I hear you laughing at me?) I wonder why times have changed?? I’m wondering now, if you were with a group of elementary students, let’s say first grade, do you think there are activities you could plan for them so they would come to realize that “cheating gets you nowhere”? Do you think that might make a difference?

Best wishes from someone else who had to and still does have to study really hard,

"Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity."
Steven Covey


I have never really understood the benefits of cheating. You are in the class to learn and it is a stepping stone to the next class or grade or diploma. I agree that athletes should not be given grades. The answer is to make sure that all persons involved to agree that academics are important and we do a disservice to students when we give them grades. Have you ever witnessed students getting special privileges because they were athletes?


To commit I also feel the same way but I also feel that if a child has to cheat all the time than maybe the teacher needs to do a better job at teaching. However I don’t agree with the athletes getting more privileges. Most of the time when you let students get the easy way out they tend to pay for it in the long run. To answer your question I don’t feel that students at our school get special treatment. I am an athlete myself and classes seem to be even harder when you are in a sport a lot of times you have to study and go to practice but if that’s what your really want to do than it will motivate you do get good grades so that you can play sports in school. All and all cheating gets you no where and that’s a fact.


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