July 2008
Vol 5 No 7

Current Issue » Cover Page Cover Story Harry & Rosemary Wong Columns Articles Features
Back Issues
Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.7 July 2008

Cover Story by Sue Gruber
It’s Summer…Time to Shift Gears and Re-energize!
A lighthearted perspective on what summer break can and should be.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Eight Year Summary of Articles

»To Tell the TruthLeah Davies
»Discipline Without Stress, Inc.Marvin Marshall
»Teaching through Summer TV ViewingCheryl Sigmon
»A New Unified Field TheoryTodd R. Nelson
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Get the Most Out of Being MentoredHal Portner
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»Keyboarding: Some Assembly RequiredRob Reilly

»Who’s Cheating Whom?
»Dealing with Dishonesty
»How To Prevent Cheating in Middle and High School
»When Is Student Failure The Teacher’s Fault
»Frogs Predict Massive Chinese Quake of 2008
»July 2008 Writing Prompts
»What Are We Doing? And Why Are We Doing It?
»"Boys Read" Effort Aims to Turn Boys Into Readers
»A Teaching Guide for Summer Song
»12 Test Taking Strategies that Boost Student Scores!
»Gardner-Style Lesson Plan: Molecular Basis of Heredity
»Federal Government Resources for Educators
»You Be the Chemist Activity Guides

»Cheaters! Teachers talk about their experiences
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»Candles of Inspiration: July 2008
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: July 2008
»Video Bytes: The "Impotence" of Proofreading and More
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration for July 2008
»Live on Teachers.Net: July 2008
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
»Using Test "Cheat Sheets" To Enhance Student Learning
»"Those Who Can, Do; Those Who Can't, Teach"
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


The Teachers.Net Gazette is a collaborative project
published by the Teachers.Net community
Editor in Chief: Kathleen Alape Carpenter
Layout Editor: Mary Miehl

Cover Story by Sue Gruber

Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong

Contributors this month: Alfie Kohn, Marvin Marshall, Cheryl Sigmon, Marjan Glavac, Todd R. Nelson, Hal Portner, Leah Davies, Barbara Pressman, Tim Newlin, James Wayne, Alan Haskvitz, Bill Page, Susan Fitzell, Meryl D. Joseph, John Martin, Barb Stutesman, Ron Victoria, L. Swilley, and YENDOR.

Submissions: click for Submission Guidelines

Advertising: contact Bob Reap

Subscribe for free home delivery

Cheating Prevention


How To Prevent Cheating in Middle and High School

Prevent cheating and catch cheaters!
Submitted by
July 1, 2008

Tips to help teachers prevent and catch cheating and misbehavior.

Most teachers usually won't be sitting at their desk during class. If you are not helping students, you can help make sure that the students are on task. To prevent and catch students who cheat or break your rules, just follow the several simple rules here:

  1. All work done outside of class has a higher risk of being copied. Try to keep all important and valuable learning experiences in class where you can monitor students. Not only do some parents help too much with student work, students may copy off each other, off a student from another class, from a previous year student's work, off the Internet, and so on.
  2. Students may try to cheat on assignments during class. If you don't want students to work in a group, you need to be in front of the room watching students' heads and eyes when not engaged in helping other students.
  3. To prevent cheating on tests, ask students to roll up their sleeves to their elbows. This will help prevent students from writing answers on their arms or keeping a cheat sheet in their sleeves. Ask students to move their chairs in so their stomachs are touching the desk. This will help prevent students from looking at their laps or elsewhere in case they have a cheat sheet, are sitting on a cheat sheet, or have a cheat sheet on the ground or back pack.

    Have two or more versions of the test so students may not look for answers from their neighbors. Make sure to check the tables for writing when handing out the test. Never allow cell phones because of text messaging or taking pictures of your tests. Have students remove their hoods and turn the bills of their hats backwards. This will allow you to see the students' eyes the entire time they are taking the test.
  4. To catch students who are using a cell phone in class, watch for students looking at their lap. There is usually no reason why a student needs to be looking at his or her lap. Just walk over to that student and ask for their phone even if they put it back into their pocket.
  5. Many students will try to listen to their iPods during class. To prevent this, look for the wires for the mp3 player. Have students remove the wires hanging from their shirts. Don't allow students to wear hoods during class. This lets you see if the students have wires hanging from their ears. Some students nowadays also have sunglasses with an mp3 player built in.
  6. If you don't allow chewing of gum, spend 20 seconds during class and scan the room watching students mouths. If you see a chewing motion, ask the student to spit the gum out. This can also help if you don't allow any food or drink in class.

More information on classroom management can be found at

Additional articles concerning Cheating in this issue of Teachers.Net Gazette are;

» More Gazette articles...