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[Weekly Inspiration] National Honesty Day

[Weekly Inspiration] National Honesty Day

Tuesday, April 30th is National Honesty Day, a day to remember a worthwhile trait that will serve your students throughout their lives.

The state of academic honesty among students is alarming. According to the International Center for Academic Integrity, 64 percent of American high school students admitted to cheating on a test, 58 percent to plagiarism, and 95 percent (!) have taken part in some cheating activity, such as copying homework from a friend. As the pressure on students’ academic performance mounts and more tools become available online, they only expect these numbers to rise.

But this is also an opportunity to remind students of the importance of honesty through some fun classroom activities.

  • Produce an honesty art contest. The International Baccalaureate just hosted a similar contest that featured entries in both posters and videography. When finished, invite parents for an art walk.
  • Show students just how easy today’s tech tools make referencing and citing information in students’ learning products,
  • Students who are always connected sometimes have trouble learning and working independently, which makes cheating seem like a good option. Foster a culture of independent learning in your classroom with these resources from Tes Global.

Students want to do the right thing. Sometimes they just need some help to find it.

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Scott Sterling

Scott Sterling is a former English teacher who worked in Title I middle and high schools in St. Petersburg, Florida who is now a freelance writer who focuses on education. He is also a stay-at-home dad to his 4-year-old daughter Lily, who will soon be starting her own educational journey.