Yesterday I wrote a blog about being a coach in the classroom. Since writing this blog I have been thinking about what do I do that supports or hurts my students. Specially I have been thinking about how the presenter said students will misbehave, but teachers either let them continue to do or stop it. As I thought about this more I realized there is one bad behavior I have not stopped and that's cheating. Maybe it's happening more now that spring is coming and we all are a little more lazy, but I see it. I see students get the answer for the in class problem from each other or wait for the other person to do it. I see them make a gesture or say something on the exit ticket. It's frustrating because I know they aren't really learning this way, but they are doing something. Compared to last year, usually I am just excited they are making the effort to do something. Today though I have been thinking about how I am really robbing them of the chance to succeed on their when I let them cheat. I could stop it, I could give them both zeros, make them do it again, split them up. Something. This week it really bothered me, I snapped at a student for not completing his own work. When classes ended I explained to everyone why I was frustrated. I told them cheating won't help them learn, it's being lazy. If they want my help, I need to know they need if. If they get 100s but didn't earn them, I don't know how to support them. I didn't tell them I snapped because I was disappointed in myself, but it's the truth. We are starting our review and hopefully we will start a new trend of no cheating. How?? I'll keep you updated.